Why Hello There
mixed media on canvas
48 x 60 in.
I aim to create work that is beautifully uncomfortable. I want to embrace recognition and repel peace of mind. Last winter I was attacked, and days got heavy. There were talons piercing my neck. A frilled vulture was sweetly, violently, forcing me to grin.
She needed a lot of tending. I got tired of feeding this robust carrion creature. I was becoming more of the scavenger than the perch. So, I paid my pound of flesh to be able to dredge forward freely.
I cut over one thousand anatomical illustrations. Daily I set to the job of releasing, instead of becoming, a smirking meat machine. “Why Hello There” is the result. My days are lighter.
Here is a freed demon perched before you. She is as unbalanced as a clean slate and as sharply supple as the experience of being female.
Eat your heart out.
© Devon Thompson