March 13, 2015
In the final instalment of Nude Descending Staircase our main character enters an apartment, where she helps a miniature version of herself into a golden vibrator with a spiral staircase. She stabs the vibrator in an amorphous blob with brown eyes that sits in the sink. The girl reaches the bottom of the staircase inside the vibrator. She exits the vibrator and climbs down a white tiled cervix. In the womb she embraces her mirror image, which liquefies. The womb shifts position and she falls in a fallopian tube, dissolves in the ovary and disappears through a drain hole.
A woman sits in a bathtub in a deserted public pool. Out of the faucet comes a water stream with the face of a girl at the tip. The water stream penetrates the woman’s body through the bellybutton. Transgender spermatozoa race down the water stream, into a white plastic cervix, while fighting and kicking each other. Only one survives and reaches the womb where it merges with a large egg.
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 final 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.
NDS09 Nude Descending Staircase
A graphic novel by Faiyaz Jafri
Published: March 28, 2014
Size: 65.7 MB
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