Monday, September 6, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 367

Title: Dissect him how I may, then, I but go skin deep; I know him not, and never will. But if I know not even the tail of this whale, how understand his head? much more, how comprehend his face, when face he has none? Thou shalt see my back parts, my tail, he seems to say, but my face shall not be seen. But I cannot completely make out his back parts; and hint what he will about his face, I say again he has no face.

7.75 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and charcoal on found paper
September 5, 2010


  1. Hard to conjure an image that would do justice to Melville's magnificent sentences here, but I've got to say Matt, that is stunningly good. Otherworldly.

  2. Titus, I will admit that one of the greatest challenges of this project has been finding visually interesting ways to depict whales over and over again. I have enjoyed that challenge since it has allowed me to be quite experimental and even abstract, pursuing whatever visual fancies I want. But it has been a struggle at times to show what is, in essence, a massive cylinder with stubby fins and flukes.


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