painting loosely inspired by the Stele of Revealing (a.k.a Stele of Ankh-af-na-Khonsu), as well as my perverse amusement with garishly saturated colors
Now that we’re back from Montreal/Burlington, and rested up to a degree, I’ve begun burning these compilation CD’s for the Brooklyn Zine Fest. They’re the Urchestra show from Rochester, the Doll Hospital impromptu piece at Kerouac’s grave, and a freeform bit of improvisation from Eric, Andy, and Ken Bradburd (he played with us at Reading Chaos). Each of them will have a different handpainted cover. This is the first one.
Alchemically speaking, about the idea of moving towards a more universal gender identity through unity. Which I don’t have too much time to write about this second :p
Completely Safe For Great Work, if not corporate exploitatative work.
I had no ideas in my head whatsoever for a painting. My meds got adjusted and I’ve spent the day in logy, depressed, medicine head hell. And these are low doses, the higher doses that I used to get in the city hospital mightn’t have been the safest. But still. I’ve had to lie down several times. I couldn’t focus on any of the projects or chores I need to get done, so I just began to paint. I had no ideas about it and this is what turned up in execution.
When I was a kid I had a space between my teeth. My mother paid to have it shoved together saying “You may think it’s cute or sexy now but in the long run you’ll be grateful it’s gone.” I wasn’t at an age where I was thinking of things being “cute” or certainly not “sexy” just yet. I just liked the way it looked, and I liked that I didn’t know anyone else with teeth like that. So now in the long run I wish I still had it but can’t afford to put it back, and don’t even know if they have a way to do that.
I think I was better at painting this toy than photographing it. Which is fine, because painting one was what I really wanted to try my hand at. So here’s my psychedelic, folded wing variation on Baphomet, with the torch of illumination on his head added on with sculpted wax. As you can see one ear has a question mark and the other has an exclamation point…just a little nod to their usage in both Book of Lies and The Soldier & The Hunchback .