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Painkiller Potoo

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[Description: Line drawing of a Potoo bird with its lower body shaped like a tablet; the tablet reads “M365.” To the bottom right of the Potoo is the cartoonist, grimacing in obvious pain. The two are having a conversation:

Potoo: Hey dude take yr fucking pills already. Suffering through yr pain is a rlly bad idea.

Annaham: That is a good suggestion; thanks, Painkiller Potoo.]

Painkiller Potoo knows what’s up.

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Fall Faces

“Fall Faces” cartoon, featuring a series of line drawings of the cartoonist making various faces in different situations: Dog Decides to Crap on Carpet Due to Cold Outside Temperature; Accidentally Shrink Beloved Sweater in Wash; Forecast SAID 70 Degrees f—Rain Outside; Holiday TV Ads; Pumpkin-Flavored Everything; Dogs Wearing Sweaters; New Hat; Chapped Lips.

I have no idea what’s going on with the light in this one, but I liked the pink and purple so much that I kept it.

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raindrops

rainisapain[Description: Two-panel line drawing of a rainstorm. In the first panel, text on top reads “Other people see rain…”; the accompanying illustration shows a happy person wearing a raincoat and saying “Good thing I have my raincoat!” The second panel has top text as well, which reads “I see rain…”, and this panel’s illustration shows the cartoonist standing in the same rainstorm, with knives of varying sizes replacing raindrops. The cartoonist’s speech bubble reads “SHIT” as straight lines on both of her shoulders signify intense pain.]

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Everything’s better with (Francis) Bacon

I had the opportunity to view Francis Bacon’s 1954 painting Figure With Meat at the Art Institute of Chicago recently, and the experience made me realize that I’ve never done a post about the artist on this blog (among other things)! Below are some of my favorite Bacon works; what I love most about Bacon’s work is the willingness to show aspects of the human body–and certain facets of human experience, such as physical pain–that most people would rather not see. Like Frida Kahlo’s art, Bacon’s paintings can be hard to view because they so vividly portray bodies that don’t work the way they “should,” and many of his rather grotesque art speaks to me for that reason. And what other artist consistently portrays the body as simultaneously beautiful, painful…and sort of (I don’t know how else to put this) meat-like. Sometimes, I am reminded of the Body Worlds traveling exhibit when I look at these; other times, I am reminded of NIN’s (in)famous (and very, very NSFW) video for 1994’s “Closer” (check out 1:34 in, where Trent Reznor stands in front of a cleaved beef carcass, and then refer to “Figure With Meat” below).

From the biographical material I have read about Bacon, I know that he probably did not have chronic pain issues, but looking at some of these paintings as a person with a body in pain (thanks, Elaine Scarry) remains a powerful experience.

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Figure With Meat, 1954 (depicts a person sitting in a chair in front of a split beef carcass, screaming)

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Head ii, 1947 (depicts a seated figure with a globular head and mouth with fangs)

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Detail from second painting of Crucifixion triptych, 1965 (depicts a hanging carcass in side-view against an orange wall)

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Two Figures, 1953 (depicts two figures doing something on a bed)

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This is what I have been doing since my last update

Here is a quick sketch of me buried beneath a pile of job applications. Fun!

I have some other cartoons on similar topics that I am eager to post, so I’ll get those uploaded soon.

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