Burlesque writing

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).

In the artist-book below, an arch lonely hearts columnist receives heartfelt pleas.  Aunt Agony knows that delicate contrivances of human exchange may be found in the common trapping mechanisms of flesh-eating flora, to which she adapts like a fly on butter. In all of this, as luck would have it, Aunt Agony’s entire conviction on the exquisiteness of living is that a mild bit of turnaround is fair play, as long as it brings a smile to everyone’s lips.

AUNT AGONY’S CAVALCADE OF MYSTERIES

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Cavalcade

SWALLOWING SAFETY PINS

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. For good measure, she appends an inspirational picture along with a poem or piece of writing by her favourite Canadian author, Hilda Chiswell.

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ECCENTRIC LINE

This is a pillow picture book created to show the compelling fierceness of ancestresses. Each woman’s character is displayed through photographs of her artifacts. Pictures include a Christmas card from the Year of the Mice, and the Guinea Pig From Outer Space.  Based on Edwardian books of elegant parlour humour, this book investigates marginalized women who used metaphor to create parallel worlds in which they might have standing.

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