Gilles de Rais
a new collaboration between myself and the poet SJ Fowler – published by Like This Press – will be launched, tomorrow – 30th March, as part of the Enemies of the North project, at the Cornerhouse, Manchester.
These barren line drawings are a processed version of events, internal mind flashes of word association (in which occasionally Jimmy Savile plays our protagonist: Gilles de Rais). Remembering that even the very first paintings made on cave walls were often created in altered states due to a high concentration of carbon dioxide.
there is a safety in the workhouse
An interchangeable narrative reflection on the life and legend of Gilles de Rais, this fusion of avant garde poetry and modernist line drawing aims to satirise and subvert the manner in which the monstrous myth surrounding de Rais is echoed in our own time by Jimmy Saville. This is the disjunctive folklore of idiot’s resounding through the ages, from 15th century France to 21st century Britain.
34 postcards, image and text, loose-leafed in a box.
Read a sample here
First published 27 March 2013
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