Burlesque

Burlesque: literary, dramatic or musical work that caricatures the manner, or spirit, of privilege.  It either elevates something lowly (high burlesque) or trivialises something lofty (low burlesque).

AUNT AGONY’S CAVALCADE OF MYSTERIES (2016)

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Cavalcade

SWALLOWING SAFETY PINS (2007)

This artist-book is a selection of Agony Aunt columns posthumously written by Dame Edith Sitwell. Each supplicant has a dilemma, but is stymied by a view of the world that only someone of excessively good nature possesses.  Someone like Edward Scissorhands. Dame Sitwell dispenses arch, irreverent and sometimes naughty advice.

swallowing-cover     swallowing-text

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ECCENTRIC LINE (2001)

In this pillow book, each woman’s character is displayed through photos of her artifacts. Based on Edwardian books of elegant parlour humour, this book investigates marginalized women who used metaphor to create sardonic parallel worlds.  Pictures include a Christmas card from the Year of the Mice, and a Guinea Pig From Outer Space.

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See also the designer & publisher: https://susanchafe.wordpress.com/lives-of-dogs-artist-books/