I’ve met my fair share of vintage fur coats and I’ve seen a good few taxidermied animals, but it wasn’t until I found myself in a vintage shop in Lincoln the other weekend that I was confronted with racks of vintage fur stoles, scarves and hats. The fur looked rich in colour, very enticing, so I went to stroke the soft looking fur. At my touch, I saw little fox limbs sway like wind charms underneath. As I investigated further, more limbs, frozen faces and limp tails became apparent, beautiful and sad at the same time.
Then as I saw more than one animal stitched together (my mind thinks of Human Centipede), designer labels sewn on their underbellies, heads split in half for decoration, it all seemed a bit ludicrous and dare I say it – funny. If you’re familiar with my sense of humour, you’ll know it’s macabre. The whole experience prompted me to create this little poem and accompanying artwork.
With gorgeous colours, oh what a sight,
And soft to touch, a real delight!
But Lifeless Fox got me thinking
As its glassy eyes watched unblinking,
Seemed odd when ladies must-have-a
Shiny, glorious fox cadaver.
Its spindly legs placed to dangle
With added poppers so as not to tangle;
In order to keep the wearer warm,
Designer made its shape conform
Now its peg-jaw can bite its own arse
– I wonder if death is naught but a farce.
Meditation is a great idea, to find a peaceful place amongst our A.D.D society. A great idea yes, and in practice, even better – however, I find it bloody hard. So imagine my delight when I found a mediation exercise that allowed my brain to ramble, yet given clear direction. After attending an inspirational writing workshop run by the fabulous Al Powell, I realised that this process could be used for imagery too.
As you find yourself becoming calmer and blocking the outside world, you allow yourself to then ‘wake up’ into an imaginary world where your mind goes on a journey of it’s own making. After exploring this imaginary world, you’re encouraged to write stream of consciousness onto your page – from this you can spring board into other writing ideas. Personally, I found striking imagery come to mind. One of which, was the fox with the fire tail. You can meet him below:
I’m super chuffed to say that my Twisted Love Stories and Music Birds went down a treat. I sold several prints, postcards and even an original painting to a lovely couple (Noted Birds, top left) – I think they were going to put it in their son’s room. I had the pleasure of meeting the newborn boy and I think he liked me and the painting, at least, he didn’t scowl at me so I think it’s a good sign (I can never tell with babies).
The private view was good fun, lots of people and a great vibe.
I invigilated on the Saturday and it was great to be able to watch people’s reactions to my work – I saw quite a few people leaning in to read my twisted love stories and walk away chuckling. Unfortunately I wan’t there at the time but my friend told me she saw a man looking at my work (Hunter’s Foxy Time) and break out in a huge belly laugh saying ‘that’s hilarious!’. I know humour is a very personal thing, so I’ll let you decide for yourselves: