Les Mignons Macabres

     I grew up in a very old, very full house. There were always sepia-toned photos of scowling dead relatives on the walls, yellowing lace curtains over the windows, puzzle boxes, trinkets from foreign travels, armoires and antique steamer trunks, everything was old and worn from use. Antiques and heirlooms were usable and used everyday, but also frighteningly irreplaceable. Les Mignons Macabres, or “The Adorable Dead,” toy with this grandmother's attic feeling. They are smiling, welcoming, and inviting, yet unsettling. Reminiscent of old family photos in recycled frames with faded watercolor, bright ink, and sepia-stained coffee coloring, many of the images are named after relatives or childhood experiences and characters. They are childlike in their approach to the subject matter; dead animals sit like dolls at a tea party, but unlike images of fully taxidermied beasts, they do not hide behind a life-like facade. Their skull-faced grins are perpetually smiling, their bodies calmly personified, playing at life.

Nancy and Sue
Nancy and Sue

Ink, coffee, and watercolor on paper 2016 SOLD, prints available

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Mr. Pink Misses Springtime
Mr. Pink Misses Springtime

ink with coffee on paper 9 x 8 in. 2010 SOLD, prints available

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Hyrem and Ella Hit the Shops
Hyrem and Ella Hit the Shops

ink and coffee on paper 5 x 7 in. 2010 SOLD, prints available

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Mr. and Mrs. Carrion Carver
Mr. and Mrs. Carrion Carver

ink and coffee on paper 9 x 5 in. 2009 SOLD, prints available

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Charlie and Felix
Charlie and Felix

ink, watercolor, and coffee on paper 9 x 9.5 in. 2010 SOLD, prints available

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Uncle Carl is Inexplicably Proud...
Uncle Carl is Inexplicably Proud...

photograph, ink, and coffee on paper 8x3 in. 2009 SOLD Full title: Uncle Carl is Inexplicably Proud of Me

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My Creepy Neighbor, Chuck Brown
My Creepy Neighbor, Chuck Brown

ink and coffee on paper 5 x 9 in. 2010 SOLD, prints available

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Too Damned Hot for Tituba
Too Damned Hot for Tituba

ink and coffee on paper 2.5 x 4 in. 2010 SOLD

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R. Cuttlepot Fitzdonald...
R. Cuttlepot Fitzdonald...

ink, coffee, and watercolor on paper 6.5 x 11 in. 2010 SOLD, prints available Full title: R. Cuttlepot Fitzdonald, Stealer of Candy

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Mr. Kragg
Mr. Kragg

ink and coffee on paper 6 x 8 in. 2010 SOLD, prints available

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Frank's Night Out
Frank's Night Out

ink and coffee on paper with origami paper suspended between glass in wooden frame 9 x 12 in. 2010 SOLD

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My Brother is Younger but Bigger...
My Brother is Younger but Bigger...

ink and coffee on paper 9 x 12 in. 2010 SOLD, prints available Full title: My Brother is Younger but Bigger Than Me - He is Also a Jerk. SOLD (prints available)

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Young Patricia Arnold
Young Patricia Arnold

ink and coffee on paper 9 x 6 in. 2009 SOLD

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Horrible Hermann Waits for the Bus
Horrible Hermann Waits for the Bus

ink and coffee on paper 2 x 5 in. 2010 SOLD

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Pious Aloysius
Pious Aloysius

ink and coffee on paper 8 x 8.5 in. 2010 SOLD

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