Drew this up for the cover of the new issue of WANTED: A Journal of Desires:
WANTED is a smut zine for incarcerated queers and other interested readers. So if you write smut or read smut and/or want to support folks in prison in a small and sexy way, get involved! Here’s all the info you need about this important and awesome zine project (adjust submission deadlines for actual last days of months):
To order a copy or submit, email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail B Gastropoda/PO BOX 1126/Asheville, NC/28802.
Still drawing witches! Drew this one for a friend who wanted a punky witch with a black cat familiar. All my favorite witches are punk as fuck anyway.
Back to Constance Classen: “The poisonous reek of the witch was an intensified form of the foul odor attributed to women in general. The cold wetness of the female body was imagined to predispose it to putridity. Not only did women corrupt others through their sensuality, therefore–they were themselves in a continuous state of decay.”
PUNK. AS. FUCK.
Started drawing some witches, here’s the first one:
[Pen and ink on bristol board with beet-dyed paper and repurposed wrapping paper]
I love classic witch imagery because, as scholar Constance Classen has noted, “One of the horrors of witchcraft, in fact, was that it made use of the domestic instruments and practices that were intended to keep women safely at home to transgress the social or cosmic order. A pot might be used for cooking dinner or for brewing a spell, a needle might be used for sewing clothes or for piercing an effigy, a broom might be used for sweeping the floor or for flying out the window.”
Also, hares were the original familiar, way before cats made it in the scene. #toohipforcats
In the midst of the most hectic part of the semester, I’m trying to keep up with painting and drawing regularly! I’ve been posting a lot of small notebook doodles on instagram and twitter (both are @jennabrager) and doing some other sketches, like these:
Sves (tea/india ink)
Ilse (tea, watercolor)
Hopefully I’ll get back to working on some larger projects soon!
The amazing and talented Clara Bee Lavery came to visit me over Sukkot, bringing good cheer, an amazing tolerance for my grumpiness, and amazing baking abilities. I was blown away especially by her productiveness–Clara pumps out the art. For proof of this, witness my single sketch of Clara eating a popsicle in our makeshift sukkah, versus the many beautiful pieces from our visit on Clara’s site.
Back to the mid-semester grind,
miss you <3 jb
Hitting that point where I have so much to do that it feels like nothing is getting done. At least I didn’t shut down the government.
p.s. i deeply and unabashedly enjoyed this:
Fun with teaching lesson 4: Make sure students have a strong historical base for contemporary issues.
Fun with teaching lesson 5: Use real world examples.
Fun with teaching lesson 6: Covering your tablet with your hands does not prevent texts from your boyfriend from being visible on the projector.
Isn’t teaching fun!