Viva Brighton Issue #48 February 2017

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ART

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COMMIT TO A PATH OF SORDID GLORY

COPING WOLF FULL OF COPING PILLS

HAVE A FUCKING PARTY

along as I’m finishing the little fine details. I’m unashamed about it. I

don’t choose to hide anymore. Like with my job - as a mental-health

peer worker - part of my everyday is sharing my lived experience and

my recovery story with people, and the art is an integral part of that. Art

is very cathartic for me.

What’s with all the cats? The Cats of the Roman Empire! Oh, man.

Once I started painting I became fixated on a particular shape; it looked

a bit like a shield, a basic cat-face shape. Everything I painted became a

fucking cat. Like, everything. It was partly funny and partly demented.

To stop me from destroying every single painting with a cat face, I cut

out lots and lots of bits of cardboard and, whenever I felt a compulsion

to paint a cat face, I would make a little cardboard cat. And then once

I was done I would get rid of them, put them outside and leave them

wherever I was going for someone to find.

What’s this about a werewolf picture swap at the show? I collect

werewolf drawings, but I’ve got strict rules. I would never ask anyone

directly for one, but if someone owes me something, or if I’ve done a

good deed for somebody, I’ll say, ‘you know what, a werewolf drawing

will do it’. So that’s the currency. I’ll put up a load of cat paintings on the

wall at the show and, if people want a cat, they can trade me a werewolf

drawing. Win-win. Lizzie Lower

Jazz Up Your Lizard, 1st - 5th, Gallery Lock In, Little Western Street.

stevemurison.blogspot.co.uk

WHISPER SOME MORE YOU SWEET DEVIL

IT’S NEVER JUST A CAT

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