The Documented Life Project prompt this week was to construct a character and the quotation was “If you’re going to be weird, be confident about it!” Perfect! I instantly had an idea for my art journal page.
One of my geeky interests is in the history of “freaks” and sideshows. I find the social history of how people were treated through time to be fascinating. I probably saw the Tod Browning film ‘Freaks’ at too impressionable an age. One of the historic freaks who first captured my imagination was the Pig-Faced Lady of Manchester Square. She was one of many pig-faced women who gained fame but was possibly the most celebrated – or at least she is the one who has found a place in my memory. Of course, the whole thing was a hoax. A bear was drugged and shaved and made to walk upright while wearing a costume. Completely random and astonishingly awful. However, as weird characters go the Pig-Faced Lady was my inspiration, my bizarre muse.
I did not have much free time this week so I kept my page simple. This is simply a watercolour sketch with the words stamped in archival ink. My kids are hugely amused by it and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.