I was asked to provide a write up behind my "Not Enough Marge" mural, for NYC's, The Villager, newspaper. Thought I'd drop it here too by @este_bahan :
Not Enough Marge - A Manifesto
April 18, 2018, West Village, Manhattan, NYC. I painted over my then-aged mural
on the exterior of Unnopressive Non Imperialist/Carmine Street Comics. The last
mural was painted 4 years prior and represented a different stage my my life and
On this day I started a new piece, based on a new inspiration. Titled, “Not Enough Marge”. The idea for this piece comes from an exhibition I developed while in Miami, “P.O.P.
Ultra” where a group of paintings focused on Simpsons characters looking worn out, beat up and abused; hinting at how overused and exhausted the characters are in the nostalgic art trend. (You may know my beat up Krusty & Itchy & Scratchy pieces). Unknowingly, at the time I focused the painting on male characters. Something Iʼve
come to realize was more subconscious than I thought. For two reasons… Firstly, I
felt uncomfortable depicting a female character in a physically abused way, for
obvious reasons this would give the wrong message. But then, I realized another
point just as prominent… The female Simpsons characters actually donʼt apply to
my criticism. They, arenʼt overused and over-homaged. In fact, I realized that they
are under-used in fan art, homages, and murals comparatively.
This is why this piece was a complete 180 from the other depictions in the series
i.e.: worn out Krusty, beat up Homer, deceased Itchy & Scratchy. All from too much use.
This is my I painted “Not Enough Marge”.