At The Age Of 76, The Painter Cartoonist Jerry Moriarty Moved From His Studio Loft In Manhattan, Where He Lived And Worked For 49 Years, To His Childhood Home In Binghamton, New York, Where He Lived From The Age Of Six Until He Went To Pratt Institute At 18 The Artist Uses This As An Opportunity To Interrogate His Past Via The Act Of Painting As A Mnemonic He Invents Teenager Sally, Based On His Sister Pat, With Whom He Talks And Shares His Paintings The Painting Becomes A Time Machine A beautiful book of memories Jerry Moriarty is just the best. drawing and painting line and plane drawing as an act of remembrance, present, nonfiction painting as an imagined past, fiction the conversation between the past and present. Here s another one of those I saw it on the library shelf reads.This graphic novel only gradually unfolds itself into the life of the artist inside and outside of the book itself He is old, being forced out of the job and home he has known for many years, and as he moves on he considers where he has been, especially where he was in early adolescence Except he turns himself into a girl, modeled after his sister Pat.Juxtaposing magical paintings with a cartoon narration, the author also mingles past and present He is talking to himself the younger, female, version asks questions, and the old man answers The paintings, in color, have the Hopperish feel of mid 20th century small town America, while the black and white cartoons are like preliminary ideas, unfinished and loose.Moriarty s father, who died when the author was 14, has become a mythical figure in his memories Younger Jerry You really loved your dad Older Jerry I ve missed him my whole life The art allows him to travel back in time the painting becomes a time machine and I am there in my past visiting my dad During the making of the book, the author s sister dies, joining his father and mother as The Dead Moriartys Jerry tells his alter ego, Sally, that by painting them he can see them again In the last paintings, his family enters the loft he has just emptied, joining his cat s spirits as residents He is completing another part o
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- Jerry Moriarty
- 03 February 2017 Jerry Moriarty