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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nietzsche's Descends the mountain. New POstal COnstituent

In the mail today! I'm pretty excited about this issue. It's the first time I've really worked extensively with halftones and greyscale. As seen below this months brings the Postal Constituent a 12" square two color screen print documenting the slow descent of one Friedrich Nietzsche. You can read it ALL right here.

I spent a lot of time researching this one. I read Nietzsche's biography and a bunch of his letters. My favorite are his "madness letters." He wrote them after his break down. In them he takes on different personas and makes a lot of references to greek mythology. He wrote several to Cosima Wagner (the wife of the composer) addressing them to Ariadne (the daugher of King Minos who helped Theseus to defeat the minotaur) and signing them Dionysus (the greek god of debauchery).

The last few frames of this comic reference one of his very last letters to Jacob Burckhardt and takes on several pseudonyms before ultimately signing his own name. In the margin he scribbled the note: "I go everywhere in my student coat, now and then slap somebody on the back and say: siamo contenti? son dio, ho fatto questa caricaturaso (which means: I am God, this farce is my creation).

I clearly took some artistic liberties, Who knows if Nietzsche actually went up to people in the town square and told them he was god, it's actually unlikely, he wrote this letter from a mental hospital. I don't really care though, because it's a folk tale that I would like to perpetuate. The historic meta-narrative, that scholars have been telling us for centuries is no truer to me than the fabricated history I've created. In fact it is significantly less true.


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