Just a little thang. Don’t judge me for the cheesy lettering; I had hand-lettered it but the scanner cut off the final line and it was a long walk back to the library at night so I just photoshopped sad fonts in.
Video of the event itself here, or check out the tumblr version.
Reasons Why I Can’t Do This.
My finished professional project reflecting on my teaching course. I did it like a little detective case file with evidence as to why I shouldn’t become a teacher.
The two artworks are labelled Exhibits A and B with their respective titles. There’s also Exhibit C - Case Files (my handwritten/prolifically-cartooned teaching journal) and Exhibit D - Motive (the formal rationale explaining my project).
I hope that the project is well-received and my presentation is moderately entertaining for the rest of the class to endure.
I draw the students while they draw. So it’s a good trade. Enjoy the bad cellphone-photos.
The last two images are basically fan art of a student’s work. She consistently draws herself with huge, outlined eyes and hair that follows the shape of her head as opposed to falling down straight behind her shoulders as it does in real life. It’s kind of unsettling. I sort of like that she’s got her own specific style; it’s sort of Munch-ish.. So to encourage her to develop that into something really disturbing I tried to emulate it.
I began making this work for the Animal/Advance exhibition at the beginning of the year. Initially three books were planned but due to academic commitments I could not complete the other two. The brief was pretty open so I wanted to do something that related to my Little Red Riding-Hood thesis last year. Basically the starting concept for the intended series was the use of werewolfism as a metaphor for puberty.
This makes sense because:
- Puberty = growth of androgenic hair
- The pattern of the menstrual cycle is traditionally linked with the moon
- Menstruation is linked to more angry/antisocial moods, similar to the werewolf’s lunar-induced episodes
For this reason I decided to use cut-outs to create a page-through mouth on the cover, which symbolically ‘bites’ the intended viewer upon picking up the book. After this the viewer goes into the mind of the wolf, past the surface layer of sheer hunger into the deeper levels of its consciousness as the ‘curse’ begins to take hold. The work of Angela Carter was a big influence, both in this work and my thesis. Her story “The Company of Wolves” is obviously a more sexual retelling of the Red Riding-Hood fable, and I wanted to play with that.
I wanted there to be an overarching theme of consumption – both with food and sexually. Unfortunately I could not show every page in the book but it is littered with the detritus of kills until the sexual images begin to dominate as one pages through the work.
I did these lovely ladies for the Anatomy for Life charity auction. They were a lot of fun to draw and merited a few odd glances from the kids in the classes I was observing at the time. Thus is the nature of art.
Diagnosis offers a hand in blessing for the afflicted, but she can only do so much. Her other cannot help to conceal what is actually going on.
Surgery hides her bloody fingers. Her own halo attacks from many pointed positions.
Recovery holds out her healing hands. Her sacrifice is endless.