Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HEART OF DARKNESS, page 016

Title: "I had my passage on a little sea-going steamer. Her captain was a Swede, and knowing me for a seaman, invited me on the bridge. He was a young man, lean, fair, and morose, with lanky hair and a shuffling gait."

7.75 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint, ink and pencil on watercolor paper
June 19, 2012

2 comments:

  1. He's wonderfully revolting! I don't think this is what you'd see if you cracked open one of your metal men from Moby-Dick -- probably it's just air in there -- but the image persists nonetheless.

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  2. I love this comment for so many reasons. Revolting, yes! Exactly what I had hoped for! These Europeans...they will all be corpse-white, repulsive, with toothy hungry greedy mouths and sickly, flabby, bulbous shapes.

    Also, this was indeed an intentional nod to my prior work and to Conrad's novel. Your "I don't think this is what you'd see if you cracked open one of your metal men from Moby-Dick -- probably it's just air in there..." was so apt and (whether you were aware of this or not) is precisely the link and the line from Conrad is "I let him run on, this papier-mache Mephistopheles, and it seemed to me that if I tried I could poke my fore-finger through him, and would find nothing inside but a little loose dirt, maybe."

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