BRUTE

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a studio exploring liminal spaces shaped by language, perceptions of self and experience, and personal connections. With roots in graphic design, printmaking, and literary criticism, we deal in poetic, iterative, and adapted text and image, the rhythmic, gestural structures of comics, and conceptually driven forms. Our work is tender and honest.

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Mark










Enchiridion

36 pages, staple-bound and accordion fold, risograph and xerox, 5 x 10.25 inches


A multifaceted exploration of the language of worship, the mythologizing effect of fame, and the trickster-god powers of Cate Blanchett. In four parts—lexicon, cosmogenesis, epiphany, and artifacts—its amalgam of manipulated and original imagery, tropes related to divinity, and motifs repeating across multiple narratives imagines Blanchett as a figure between reality and infinite possibility.







book/mark 1: A Name

12 pages, thread-bound, risograph printed, 2 x 7 inches


First in an on-going series of bookmark-shaped books on half-formed ideas that we keep coming back to. A Name is on the name Penelope and a latent desire to have a daughter.








The Word Sm*t

40 pages, staple-bound, xerox, 4.25 x 5.5 inches


“Eroticism is, above all else, exclusively human: it is sexuality socialized and transfigured by the imagination and the will of human beings.

In every erotic encounter there is an invisible and ever-active participant: imagination, desire.
Octavio Paz

Fairly innocuous descriptions of Google search results for kinky images and of top Tumblr posts after the platform’s ban on adult content, accompanied by vague fleshy drawings.












Endless Distances

28 pages, staple-bound, 1st edition offset, 2nd edition risograph, with offset cover, 4.25 x 2 inches








“Longing, we say, because desire is full
of endless distances. I must have been the same to her.
Robert Hass

Three women in different worlds tell themselves stories about the ones they love. Is it futile? The book’s panoramic shape frames physical, emotional, and temporal distances between them.








Between Us

12 pages, staple-bound, xerox, 4.5 x 6.5 inches




When two share a vision, how do they know they see the same thing? It will bring them together, or it will break them apart.

A version of this story appeared in the anthology Linequality.












Are You Even Listening?

20 pages, accordion fold, risograph printed, 2.75 x 3.25 inches


One asks the question, and we spiral into the other’s ear in search of an answer.











birding—unbirding

12 pages, accordion fold attached to cover, offset with risograph cover, 3.25 x 6 inches


A woman’s grief spills into her sense of self and way of life. Legible backwards and forwards, remembering and forgetting are enacted by the direction of reading.








Butter Dust

16 pages, stab-stitch binding, offset on vellum, 3.5 x 4.25 inches

Dust floats in the rectangle of light falling through a window. Fifteen daydreams occur, shifting between abstraction, metaphor, and sensation.  












Sigils of Trouble Sleeping

10 pages, one sheet folded, risograph, 2.75 x 5.25 inches






A list of troubles with sleep is paired with images of bed linens. These were the basis for sigil designs inscribed on the interior side.

Sigils are used in spell casting and are symbols of intention. These sigils are meant to ward off each source of trouble, paralleling the transitional natures of magic and sleep.













[Sappho]

28 pages, thread-bound, risograph, 5.25 x 8 inches, edition of 36


An essay comic about reading Anne Carson’s translation of Sappho If not, winter and the visual presence of its lost fragments. Drawings translate spreads from Carson, with matching page numbers.







BOOKS & other printed works

FUTURE


CALA, December 7–8

PAST


The Chicago Art Book Fair, The Independent Artist Book Fair, The St. Louis Small Press Expo, The Chicago Design Museum, The Annex at Spudnik Press, Autoptic, CAKE, DiNK, MICE, TCAF, Zineland Terrace

COLLECTIONS


The Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Zine Collection at the University of Chicago Library, The Zine and Comics Collection at the MassArt Library, The Decker Library at MICA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Library of Congress




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