Photo by Martha Cooper
Made this guy for the city of Baltimore. Thanks to Nether for for all the help.
A bit closer to doing her justice this time. Painted with wine, blood, watercolors, acid, and light.
“The sun’s own flame buring inside Your heart
With the fiery malice of Hades’ black art;
Belching out liquid fire, a tide of crimson!
I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!”
— In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess
This is a piece about rebirth. The first of a new series…the Saints. This piece was a lot of fun to do and everyone in the neighborhood seemed to have a strong reaction to it. A guy in his delivery truck backed his truck up halfway down the block to get a better look, but the best was probably the old dude who worked across the street: “that shit is WEIRD!” Haha…yes, yes it is.
The title of this series, “Resurrect Dead” is an homage to the Toynbee tiles and the excellent documentary of the same name. I remember seeing the tiles at various crossroads around Philly as a kid and being drawn to their cryptic message. It was not until hearing of the documentary that it all came back to me, and luckily a lot of the detective work had already been done. I highly recommend checking it out for some insight into real contemporary urban mythology.