My yearly zine is at the printers!
This year I used images only, rendered in pencil with some collage. This was a far messier affair than expected as I used no fixative. I had to lay paper in between the sheets to protect from smudging. My hands were covered in graphite every time I worked on it. Frequent hand washing was required.
My concept for this zine began over the summer while I was listening to an audio-book by Michael Meade called Awakening the Soul. Here is a blurb from his website.
Awakening the Soul addresses issues of the loss of soul throughout the world and the loss of meaning and truth in modern life. Using ancient myths and stories and compelling insights, Michael Meade illustrates how meaning is essential to the human soul and describes how soul can be recovered and people can learn to “live in truth.”
Drawing from dramatic episodes in his own life, Meade shows how the soul tries to awaken at critical times, and how an awakened soul is crucial for finding medicine to treat the ailments and alienation of modern life. What we need now is not a minor repair, but a major transformation of the world that can only start with the awakening of the individual soul.
I illustrated some of the crises happening now, working with topical images found in the news and artwork references from modern artists. I wish I had been surprised by the apocalyptic outcome.
The themes addressed are: political tomfoolery and destructive populism, the rise of fascism and the far right, crises of meaning in a virtual world, ongoing climate catastrophe and social protest movements.
As usual, it came out differently than expected.
UPDATE: They can be purchased from my Etsy shop Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Art!