Death Doll -
Acrylic on Board 2004
is terrible to write these words, but we live in awful times"
wrote Mary Shelly in 1843. Bewitched and charmed by late to the
20th century Gothic fables, visual history is liquid, it travels
and transmutes from the now to then to now seeking out the "revolutionary
energies in the outmoded" (Walter Benjamin). New narratives
are created from back in the day images. Goth, recycled, reclaimed,
fresh life animated into the hoary old monster.
It is well known that Mary Shelly wrote the story of Frankenstein
after a nightmare. But for Mary, the nighmare was a very real one
she lived in her own life - her own mother Mary Wollstonecraft died
giving birth to Mary and two of her children died in infancy. Dead
babies, monsters, nightmares and psychobilly death dolls these are
my halluconatory Gothic fables