March 8, 2015
The tree turned protagonist pushes one of her roots through the floor and the ceiling below. The root secretes drops of mercury that grow into a human form, falls on the floor and leaks through to the next floor. The mercury turns into blue plastic and flows through a funnel transforming into a large nude blue girl. The floor collapses under her weight and she slides down a concrete tunnel. At the end of the tunnel her body stretches down to a cracked orange landscape. She turns transparent and walks into a hill where her skin mimics the orange cracked surface. Inside the hill she descends a spine like spiral staircase. At the end she dives into a dark void and her skin turns into hot melted iron. She falls through a black metallic liquid descends another staircase and walks through a large golden magic mirror.
In art there are numerous recurring themes that have become neo-archetypes. One of the most intriguing is the Nude Descending Staircase.
In 1912, inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic motion studies, Marcel Duchamp created “Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2”.
On a weekly basis, from 2008 till the end of 2012, Faiyaz Jafri published images for NDS, a graphic novel inspired by Duchamp’s piece, incorporating other neo-archetypes.
This book is the eight one in a series of 13 volumes of the NDS saga.
*neo-archetypes are archetypes that don’t take a generation to form, but occur due to accessibility of unlimited data.
NDS08 Nude Descending Staircase
A graphic novel by Faiyaz Jafri
Published: March 26, 2014
Size: 68.7 MB
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