Goodbye Blue Monday, for Kurt Vonnegut
January 13, 2012 § 3 Comments
In the spring of 2007, I made this portrait of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in the days following his death. Vonnegut’s book, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), influenced my personal philosophy, and remains one of my favorite novels of all time.
Saddened by his death, I wanted to honor him with a painting. So, I made an imagined portrait of a young Kurt Vonnegut looking out over a bleak, war torn Dresden, Germany. In real life, Vonnegut had been captured by the Germans and locked inside of an underground meat locker called slaughterhouse-five, and so then serendipitously survived the fire bombing of Dresden by American forces in February of 1945.
Earlier this week, I came across this painting while going through my digital archives. Five years has passed since I made it, and although my visual aesthetic has shifted, I believe that as an image, it holds up. I know that if I made it now it would be a very different painting, but for me, that is the reason why revisiting one’s work from the past can be so interesting.
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