Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Lena Abbas, ‘Safari’ opening
Being a scrooge and a curmudgeonly whimsy hater I do not often attend illustration exhibitions. But speaking as someone who would rather put a turd than a bird on it I can recommend the work of Lena Abbas. Just look at her drawings! Babies thrown out with bathwater, cats wondering how many ways they might be skinned, elephants being eaten one mouthful at a time, people wearing the wrong shoes. Horrible!
I love it. Now, recently (while working on the concept of “the underfed model as prey”) Lena happened upon ‘Like Gazelles‘, a poem by Melbourne writer Lee Emmett. The result is Safari - a bird-free meeting of twisted minds.

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