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Genito-urinary friendships

Genito-urinary friendships

Self initiated brief to create illustrations inspired by the book ‘Tropic of Cancer’ by Henry Miller.
The book is set in early 1930’s Paris and centers around the author’s life as a struggling writer. The story has a very loose narrative and merges autobiography and fiction. Descriptions of people and places are surreal and often written as a stream of consciousness. A contemplation on the human condition with honest and almost grotesque insights.
I experimented with mono prints creating textures that invoked a sense of grime and poverty. These were collaged with ink and graphite drawings of figures. I wanted to investigate the human body in a vivid visual way, paying specific attention to sexuality as the book largely focuses on Millers sexual encounters. I wanted to create an honest depiction of a tarnished erotic, bohemian lifestyle.

Syphilitic mermaid
she bites herself
Cold walls