These are some drawings from a book about Francis Bacon and Nazi Propaganda called Francis Bacon and Nazi Propaganda that my incredible sister gave to me for Christmas 2012. I like the cover – basically Francis Bacon’s art screaming back at a Nazi (see).
Boy and monkey…just drew this around the same time and took a similar photo of it!
I presented a translation of a comic by Japanese manga artist Kiriko Nananan at Poetry Plurilingual, an event run by my friend where people read out non-English poems in both the original language and in translation.
I did this some time ago (24 June).
I love Kiriko Nananan. She’s absolutely incredible…what a drawer…and such a writer/storyteller! I just finished reading Strawberry Shortcakes and it was a staggering work of heart-rending genius too.
The one that I translated is sort of a manga-poem. An illustrated poem or something…William Blake-esque. It’s one of my absolute favourite things. I am totally not qualified to translate Japanese (I can barely string simple sentences together [AS OF NOW!]) but this poem moved me so much that I just felt the meaning (not really – I just spent a lot of time working out the meaning and even had a native speaker check it).
Here it is (you can also download the full transcript of my presentation here):
Translated by Jack Breukelaar
I will come to dislike myself completely.
Did you come to hate the nothingness in me?
that’s right you, in such a “now” style,
were enviably cool
compared to that I
Only wore Doc Martens in imitation of you.
Only listened to the music that you played when I was right next to you.
Only dilettantishly memorised the titles in film theory explained by you.
I am shamefully empty, aren’t I?
But what is the purpose of that something?
The flicker of a muted television.
The tick of an old clock.
An upsurged cluster of egoism.
A clustered upsurge of egoism.
well, that’s what I just what I think when I ponder it…
And yet, assuredly, I am here and I am no one else but me!
Neil. Fucked up the lyrics though…
What about Belsen?, 2008. Oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm.
An oil painting.
Stairs for Fears, 2010. Etching, 29 x 30 cm.
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Tim Finnegans Wake, 2012. Pen on paper, 111 x 75 cm.
Dip In, 2012. Watercolour on paper, 72 x 53 cm.
Love Me, Love Me Yeah, Love Me, Yeah!, 2012. Oil on Canvas, 10.5 x 8 cm.
Even Zarathustra, 2012. Oil on Canvas, 200 x 20 cm.
Cindy Wilson Said, 2012. Ink on Paper, 15 x 10 cm.
These are some highlights from my Honours project, “Oh Deathly Quiet Pandemonium”, from 2012. It was all about singing, screaming etc. I made heaps more work for this – these are just some images I had handy! I’ll do a proper post about it later :)
Self-portrait etching from 2010.