The Artist as Outsider
Auto-portrait – Myself as double death surrounded by the nerve detritus of my two ministerial sufferings. Paradise here we come!, 2009
digital print of original drawings, reworked with ink and felt markers
100 x 140 cm
The Cunningham Dax Collection
Graeme Doyle, The Dax Centre
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The Dax Centre
“I really think this work’s natural home is the CDC [the Cunningham Dax Collection]. To me it is the work of both a professional artists and an outsider artist. I believe I’m an outsider artist in that this work has no compromise in its imagery. This work has poured out of me without censure. I haven’t been concerned whether it’s beautiful, whether it’s disturbing, whether it’s good. My modus operandi is self expression with no compromise, striving for genius. The image of the skull in the Picasso’s work represents war. To me this work reflects not only my own personal pondering of mortality but also the ongoing destruction of the beautiful earth in which we live.”
"Like any worky, worky work muck muck as the gray tart teast in astrailer accompanying laughter ha ha.
I declare myself open and shut to any critik or coachroach gone underground for the winter or loseter. A blood and thunder press release from the doilet papers. I know this is a bit mad, but what can you expect from a man Abbott mad madman as mad as a cut nace. I hope this little nut note finds you helen wappy, well and happy."
Love Crazy Grazy.
- Artist Statement
A charcoal and pastel drawing that is expressive and gestural. In the upper centre, a silhouette in white grasps onto a black and blue figure who appears to be rushing past in a wave of water or wind.
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- VCE Psychology (Units 1 – 4),
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- Other areas that may be relevant are: VCE Art, VCE Studio Arts, Visual Arts AusVELS levels 8 – 10, Humanities (History) AusVELS level 10.