Sunday, 19 February 2017
no laughing matter
Artist Jon Foster, of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), mails "Add and Return" cards to anyone who sends him their mailing address. The template for what you see here is one of those cards, modified by yours truly with cut-paper collage, rubber stamps, and markers.
Why "No Laughing Matter?" Because even though American TV comedians (including news commentators) are having a heyday of humor since the Combover Clown was elected President, I'm afraid I'm not laughing. Donald J. Trump may not be the Great Cthulhu, from whom several myths derive—frankly, I doubt he's intelligent enough to be one of Lovecraft's Elder Gods—but it seems to me he's at the center of a tentacular network of greed and corruption. Even, eventually, of bloodshed.
I sometimes use frames to set off material that I don't wish to consciously acknowledge: hence, a brown frame with images of fertility/creativity goddesses wearing the pink knitted "kitty hats" that women wore during the March on Washington and at other protests.