About the artist:
Jane likes to do ALL THE THINGS. She’s written a lot of short stories and poems that you can find in various journals and all over the internet, and she’s currently finishing a novel about a bunch of queer kids who live in a funfair. Jane’s also one-half of the riot grrrl cello band Razor Cunts, the poetry editor for Leopardskin & Limes, a co-founder of Queer Stories Berlin, and a creative writing tutor. Occasionally, she likes to star in art films and lesbian clown porn.
About the artwork:
I started making collages when I moved to Berlin, because in Germany all the supermarket junkmail that gets delivered to your house is full of technicolour photographs of raw meat. I’m a pretty gross person, so I started thinking about how nice the meat would look if catalogue models were cuddling it, or if it was oozing out of various landscapes.
Once I’d done that, it felt like the pictures wanted text, so I wrote some words of wisdom on my typerwiter and glued them on. The motivational statements might sound sarcastic next to the images, but they’re really not. When I write them, I feel like an astrologer who’s been hired to tell myself exactly what I need to hear. Like, the world’s bigger and weirder than you could ever understand, but that’s okay. It’s beautiful, in fact! (Just snuggle up with your meat blanket, Jane. Everything’s going to be awesome.)
I think shameless positivity is underrated—dismissed as complacency, a cop-out, apolitical, not serious enough. That sucks. Sure, sometimes anger at injustice is what sparks change. But also, we have to take some time to be utterly fucking delighted at this weirdo universe.
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