STRIP  2008

 

Concerned about the growing violence among young people occurring in Toronto I approached spoken word artist Joseph Daly to write a poem suggesting a fantasy world where similar occurrences exist.  I then interpreted each line of the poem.

Demons spy with evil eyes across my city
Misery untold created holes where souls used to dwell
And evil eyes can’t even see their own hell
Hurt smells like waste when mixed with blood
Hemoglobin tastes like hate, that’s what demons love
Sacrificial lambs leave stains on clean hands
That’s why love is all you need but fear is all they understand
Demons spy with evil eyes across my city
Seeking recruits for their devious deeds
They bleed from the need to understand and feel
And they baptize their subjects through shards of steel

 

Charcoal drawing of Toronto city street

Demons spy with evil eyes across my city, charcoal on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

Charcoal image of silhouettes of young men standing in a row

Misery untold created holes where souls used to dwell, charcoal on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

Charcoal image of figures with masks walking in a row

And evil eyes can’t even see their own hell, charcoal on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

Charcoal image of afro characters, masked figures, one with a gun, and silhouettes of young men

Hemoglobin tastes like hate, that’s what demons love, mixed media on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

Charcoal image of wilting African flowers

Hurt smells like waste when mixed with blood, charoal on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

Charcoal image of a herd of lambs

Sacrificial lambs leave stains on clean hands, charcoal on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

afro characters in crystal ball kissing

That’s why love is all you need but fear is all they understand mixed media on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

Charcoal image of masked character leaning on afro figure

They bleed from their need to understand and feel, mixed media on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

Charcoal image of afro character, masked character and silhouette of young man looking down on newspaper

And they baptize their subjects through chards of steel, mixed media on paper, 38x50in., 2008

 

 

 

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