Rich Shapero is a writer and musician whose multimedia storytelling projects pioneer unseen worlds. His projects, in addition to Too Far, include Wild Animus.
At the heart of his stories are vast wildernesses, populated by mercurial private gods who promise deliverance to truer, more profound states of being. But transcendence demands sacrifice, and the paths of his protagonists are fraught with danger, dread and violence.
Combining lucid prose with entrancing music, Rich conjures immersive visionary landscapes and characters who struggle to achieve summits of personal fulfillment.
François Burland is a highly acclaimed Visionary artist, often counted among painters of the Art Brut aesthetic. He has brought Wild Animus alive through a recently completed series. Rich Shapero discovered Burland’s work before completing Wild Animus:
“I was knocked out,” Rich says. “I saw a passion for the primeval, and I thought I recognized an understanding of things that was similar to my own. His bushmen interact and identify with wild creatures, often through violent acts, and there’s an ascension through that identification. A fulfillment.”