Sunday, May 15, 2011

Who's abducting whom?

One of a series of illustrations for the East Bay Monthly for personal essays about childhood, in this one, the narrator's sister claimed that she had been abducted by aliens who were mutilating the family chickens.

One of the pleasures of an overcrowded environment with flotsam and jetsam is how things drift together (as with the phone receiver and board in the previous post). In this case, a printed chicken figure a friend gave me and a map a nephew rescued from a city sewage facility - smelled bad when I got it, yes.

14 comments:

Sarah said...

Hi Susan, I have been enjoying your plastic dying exploits and this chicken makes me smile-a bit more serious than having to cross the road, poor alien victim chickens!

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

Aliens mutilate cows- guess they could do chickens too...
Great piece- made me smile.

Celeste Bergin said...

but it smelled all right now....right?
Glad you didn't go into the actual mutilation...best to start at the beginning of the story!
I love your illustrations for stories..you're the best!

Karin på FOX said...

I like it! The art is to see the new possibilities in the mass of junk. Good to have friends who provide you with treasures, well aware that they will develop to magic.

CCBee said...

You've always had a way with flotsam.

ger said...

Well, you´re quite used to bad smells by now I guess (but what for one is the perfume of flowers for another is...) - glad you spared the viewer the mutilation part, too...

ArtSparker said...

Thanks, folks - yeah, the story kind of verged on a bit much. The smell was transient. Transitory?

Transistory...hmmm.

Things do come together.

Jenny Woolf said...

I can't help thinking she must have been very small indeed at the time to have been abducted by chickens.

matt dawson said...

The picture is all the more wonderful for the back story about the map! Worth a look for the post labels alone... never thought I'd see "chicken" and "alien abduction" next to each other ;-)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

luckily nothing smelly about the smiles your whimsy sparked!

poor chickens

Eric Barclay said...

Wonderful piece... you should get a medal for working with a sewer map. Love the phone, too.

grrl + dog said...

and there it is..

maybe the flotsam threw itself together..

I love these happy accidents.

Charles Gramlich said...

I love what you've done with the phone. Truly strange but salient.

Shelley Whiting said...

Very whimsical. I love the offbeat humor. A fun and funny artwork.