FRAGILITY AND FANTASY AS REGARDS OUR HUMAN BODIES

Mortality is in the air.  Two more mass shootings—El Paso and Dayton.  I fear the day may come when every American community has a mindless slaughter attached to its name.  And in my own personal life, a dear friend almost died from a heart attack and many people I know struggle daily with pain and illness as well as the diminutions of age.

To confront my own fears and to have some fun while I was at it, I recently took on the project of erasing and collaging an old textbook on health that was used in American secondary schools about a century ago.  By artistically transforming basic bodily processes, I came to better understand the fondness of organic life for challenging transformations of its own, from birth to maturity to age to death to rebirth.  May we all pass through these realms bestowing and receiving compassion and wisdom.  

 Here are three page spreads: 

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Lawrence Sutin