I have to talk a little bit about this graphic. The drawing is about four years old, done with five others that I will bring out eventually. They are all serpentine creatures wrapped around the outside of a page, and I did them all on a plane to New Jersey to visit my husband’s family in the spring.
I now plan to use them as you see here; I would really LOVE to use them as stationary, but I think I would prefer to redraw and refine them just a bit. When I drew them, it was to keep my sanity. An older man(late 60’s?) in the seat in front of us on the plane was talking nonstop throughout the flight. What was he talking about? The hundreds and hundreds of animals he had killed. He had shot caribou in Alaska. He had killed some reindeer in Finland. He had shot antelopes of all kinds in Africa and he wanted to kill some stuff in Asia but couldn’t get the right permits or something. He wished he could go shoot penguins, too–he figured they’d be easy. All over the USA he had killed and stuffed every mammal and bird he could get his mitts on and he probably included some reptiles and amphibians in there too..I’m not sure, I tried desperately to tune him out. I’m not even sure if the people next to him knew him or what, but they kept listening. I noticed they didn’t ask him any questions, but they couldn’t get a word in edgewise anyway. Me? I was drawing endlessly, just trying to zone out, trying to tune him the heck OUT by just drawing serpentine creatures round and round the pages in my sketchbook. I saved four of them to scan in here, because they’re pretty neat, I think. Art under stress can sometimes look pretty cool. But I would have preferred otherwise.
Curiously…I wonder how this guy will look after he’s dead? Oh, if he only knew what all goes on in the process of embalming you, to make you a pretty corpse at your funeral…you get your anus sewn shut so it won’t leak and prickly plastic caps put under your eyelids so your eyes won’t bulge open. Then you can be almost as good a display as your taxidermy.