Antarctic survival manual: art for the pandemic and other disasters
August 3, 2021 2:24 PM   Subscribe

Antarctic survival manual: art for the pandemic and other disasters
During the pandemic I finally stuck most of my art into a website. I make my living as a scientist and medical specialist, so despite having some gallery representation and sales over the years I haven't had the time or energy to self-promote. But I would like to share the series called "Postcards from the Hedge" (stolen poems for survival and healing). There are times in many artists' lives in which they develop a temporarily strained relationship with their preferred medium, which in my case is paint. This set of 50 small 4"x6" collage postcards are my response to a recent paint-problematic episode in my own life, which has coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and a dramatic reduction in physical studio space.

The imagery and words of these "stolen poems" are taken from varied sources, mainly technical manuals, mid-20th-century health books and home decorating guides, anatomy and surgery textbooks, and various other things that unintentionally yield up sage advice when strategically re-contextualized. The book that served as the genesis for the series was a guide to surviving in Antarctica, so in that spirit I offer these up as equal parts survival manual and dada therapist. May they in some small way help you heal from any solitary or interpersonal calamity you may be facing. Be well, and don't forget to wash the gasoline off your mittens and your raftmates.
Role: artist
posted by SinAesthetic (5 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Oooh, I like these! I've only looked about 1/4 so far, but I think I'll check them out in small batches over the coming days, to let them sink in.
posted by Harald74 at 3:49 AM on August 6


Cartographic. Delightful. Funny. But maybe two cards short of a full deck?
posted by BobTheScientist at 11:58 PM on August 7 [1 favorite]


Absolutely fabulous! They look amazing all together and zooming in is so rewarding!
posted by danabanana at 8:33 PM on August 20


a real "A Humument" vibe happening here, which is one of my favorite vibes.
posted by chavenet at 3:01 PM on August 24


Love your work! If you feel like joining the Collage Artists of America Facebook group, it's open and I think you'd like it.
posted by Beethoven's Sith at 2:20 PM on September 15


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