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Mad Meg revisited
October 14, 2008 11:55 PM   Subscribe

Mad Meg. Since the beginning of 2001, I draw in small notebooks 11 cm X 15 cm (approximately), always with a ballpoint pen, always on same paper, always in black. (Some drawings are NSFW) Digestion Paintings, her renditions of paintings by other artists l Glam Freak Show l The Family Code l Chimères l The Patriarchs l Digestion Notebooks l Photos of Mad Meg setting up for her most recent exhibit at the Austin Gallery in London, which opened today.

Our enemies the animals

Her blog, Varia & Curiosa (in French)

Mad Meg, is the Anglicized version of Dulle Griet, a figure of Flemish folklore who is the subject of a 1562 painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.


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posted by nickyskye (20 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I can tell just from this that I'm going to like reading through this tomorrow.
posted by not_on_display at 12:25 AM on October 15, 2008


top notch, thanks
posted by chelegonian at 12:52 AM on October 15, 2008


Freaking amazing.
posted by mullingitover at 2:38 AM on October 15, 2008


Thanks a lot. I would never have known about her London exhibition without this, but now I've got something cool to see at the weekend.
posted by cincinnatus c at 3:13 AM on October 15, 2008


Holy cow, those are great drawings. Where do you find this stuff!?
posted by pjern at 3:20 AM on October 15, 2008


These are lovely! Thank you!
posted by Greg Nog at 4:42 AM on October 15, 2008


Incredible. I love ballpoint pen. I draw pretty much only in small notebooks, 9 x 13CM, in black ballpoint pen, so I really like this. Makes me want to focus a bit harder since I'm mostly drawing Batman and Godzilla.
posted by autodidact at 5:20 AM on October 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is intensely NSFW, in that it's going to keep me from doing any for hours. Great stuff.
posted by Ella Fynoe at 5:54 AM on October 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Man, those are just stunning to a point of being intimidating. I like seeing somebody that can work with such basic (ie: non professional) tools with such amazing results.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 6:12 AM on October 15, 2008


I didn't expect to like them from the description, since, "her renditions of paintings by other artists" made me think she'd be a hack, but that stuff is cool. I would more call them interretations, since she's not just reproducing them in pen like a bad xerox.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:29 AM on October 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


interpretations even.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:29 AM on October 15, 2008


cjorgensen, You're right, that would have been a better word choice. Rendition is an interpretation more for a musical or theatrical piece.
posted by nickyskye at 6:58 AM on October 15, 2008


From her blog, these pictures of an Alice-in-Wonderland exhibit (her entry is not shown) are also great. Exhibition notice.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 7:14 AM on October 15, 2008


good stuff. thanks for this, nickskye.
posted by generalist at 7:22 AM on October 15, 2008


...just as cjorgensen said, I expected from the description to see some bogus "outsider Art" . This stuff is fantastic.
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:00 AM on October 15, 2008


I like her interpretations better than any of the originals, thanks once again
posted by chelegonian at 8:09 AM on October 15, 2008


Fantastic stuff, and nice to see again.
posted by klangklangston at 9:21 AM on October 15, 2008


I particularly like the version of the Amalfi portrait -- the title, in particular, tickles my fancy.
posted by jrochest at 1:36 PM on October 15, 2008


always with a ballpoint pen,

A poor introduction as it refers mostly to her notebooks and not the other links -- I was caught by this piece in which the artist is shown with pot ink and a steel stylus. It is rendered in "encre de chine", which babelfish assures me is india ink, as are the other renditions.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:05 PM on October 15, 2008


Ogre Lawless, Thank you so much for pointing that out! Yes, you are so right. Other than the notebooks they are ink drawings, not ballpoint pen. I'm so glad you noted that, astute Mefite, (and I truly love MetaFilter for being meticulously precise) because I really would like to honor Mad Meg's work with correct information.

Only recently has there been anything on the web about her, any photograph, any link to a blog. She seems to have had a very quiet web presence. I was so pleased to find out her exhibition just opened.

This is the only quotation in English I found about her art:

“Since the beginning of 2001, I draw in small notebooks 11 cm X 15 cm (approximately), always with a ball point pen, always on same paper, always in black. I contrained myself never to tear a page off, what is done… is done. I put the date at the beginning and the end of each notebook. Each day (or almost) I spend one hour or two drawing in these notebooks. At this day, I made approximately 450 pages distributed in 12 notebooks.”
posted by nickyskye at 4:43 PM on October 15, 2008


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