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Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The shed. A decrepit monument to this man’s twisted secrets. If you were to call this man an artist then this shed would be his studio, although I doubt many would argue that this man’s morbid obsession could be classed as art.

The miasma of rot and decay clung to the dilapidated wood that made up the walls and floorboards, in a way it reminded me of the attic but without the turpentine and paint to mask the horrid stench.

The ground was stained a dark crimson that matched the dried flecks of red that soiled the tools on the workbench. A map detailing missing people from the local area who would never be found again. The shelves adorned with trophies from his victims making this garden shed feel like this man’s monument to his inhumanity.

This was the only space that reflected who this man truly was, his work and home a mere disguise in order for him to indulge his perverted and twisted tendencies. A man who has committed so much horror but still wanted to live a quiet life.

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My Work Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The house. A three-story high building with an open attic space. Much like the office cubicle there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary with this man’s residence. Simple almost bare décor save a few photographs hung on the walls.

Apart from odd pieces of kitchenware, food, and toiletries you could assume this place might be uninhabited. However, the signs of life were there. A messy kitchen sink, a bathroom that had been in use and a bed that looked like it had been slept in recently.

Venturing into the attic I was greeted by an overpowering smell of acrylic paint and turpentine as well as another scent of something that may have been decaying although it was impossible to tell due to the chemical scent in the air.

It seems that the inhabitant of this house has a fondness for art as it seems there are some paintings that he has been working on in his spare time up in the attic. I feel this artistic flair was also confirmed by the disturbing message he seems to have painted in lipstick on the mirror in his bathroom.

However, this pales in comparison to the horrors I would discover when I went into the backyard.

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My Work Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The office. A mundane workplace. There seemed to be nothing unusual from the outset, hard to believe that anyone who worked here would be of any great interest to anyone.

At least that was my initial thought as I searched through his cubicle. When asking his co-workers about what it was like to work with him, they too found it hard to recall anything noteworthy. They were of course aware of his presence at the office, but the feeling seemed to be that he made very little impact.

He was a hard worker but certainly not the best they had. He wasn’t an anti-social co-worker, yet they said he could be quite cold and neutral. They even found it hard to recollect what he even looked like.

Looking over his desk again I found nothing interesting, it seemed very clean and tidy, almost clinical in a way. That did seem odd as this man had made no effort to personalize their space in any way almost as if they didn’t want to leave an impression.

The only evidence there seemed to be of any sort of person inhabiting this workspace were some post it notes filled with reminders and a picture of what seems to be a home.

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Bein Art Gallery

Bein Art Gallery recently featured a miniature art exhibition on their website with miniature artworks able to be bought from a plethora of many different artists.

Bein Art Gallery described the exhibition which ran from 8th to the 25th of March, “the magic is in the invitation extended to the viewer to reimagine the world on an entirely different scale, one in which even Thumbelina might be considered a giant.”

The show was co-curated by master miniaturist Joshua Smith, who has built sculptures of urban decay, made principally of cardboard, fibre and paint and been shown internationally.

Here are a few selections of the artwork which were featured:

Vildan Hoşbak – “Toilet”- mixed media, scratch built
Joshua Smith – “68 Bolesława Limanowskiego”- scratch built miniature made from MDF, balsa wood, styrene, plaster, wire, acrylic paint, weathering pigment
Steve Casino – “Beatle Breath”- polymer clay, acrylics and Tic Tac container
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evermore My Work

1. Willow – “𝘸𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘬 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘯”

Described by Taylor: “willow’ is about intrigue, desire, and the complexity that goes into wanting someone. I think it sounds like casting a spell to make somebody fall in love with you”

Willow also gives us a nod back to the ‘folklore’ album with the song August with the lyrics “I’d cancel my plans just in case you call.”

The Lyrics “wreck my plans, that’s my man” really stuck out to me as my interpretation of these lyrics gives me an image of a toxic relationship where a person is proud of him wrecking their plans and will do anything just for him. The word “wreck” sounds (to me) very aggressive, masculine and sexual which I wanted to covey in my piece with the rugged and ripped physical collage behind and the silhouette of a man with the willow tree projected on his torso.

What do you think? 🌳

Physical Collage, Digital Collage

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2. Champagne Problems – “𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴, 𝘐 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘵”

“champagne problems,” tells the story of a woman who shocks her would-be fiancé and their loved ones by turning down a marriage proposal right before Christmas. In a post about evermore, Taylor stated that the song depicts “longtime college sweethearts who had very different plans for the same night, one to end it and one who brought a ring.”

Champagne Problems is one of the best songs on the whole album, lyrically and poetically. I could have used so much imagery from the lyrics but the part which kept repeating in my head was “your heart was glass, I dropped it” I kept on thinking how I could create artwork for these lyrics, in the end, I found an old champagne glass wrapped it in a towel and smashed it. I took photos of the smashed glass and used the colour pallet to create an artwork in the same technique I have used for my new media artworks previously.

The blue colour pallet conveys the heartbreak and loss that the song creates🥂

New Media Art

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3. Gold Rush – “𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘢”

“gold rush” is the third song on evermore, is a song depicting the jealousy she has because she is attracted to someone who everyone else is. Because of this, she has to stop picturing her life with them. 🫖

Scanography, Collage and New Media Art

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4. ‘Tis The Damn Season – “𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘐’𝘮 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯, 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘥𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘯”

“‘tis the damn season” is the fourth track on evermore.

In the post prior to the release of the album, Taylor wrote that one of the song storylines on evermore was about “what happens when (Dorothea) comes back [from Hollywood] for the holidays and rediscovers an old flame.” This likely refers to “‘tis the damn season” given the lyrical mentions of both Los Angeles and the winter holidays. Notably, evermore was released two weeks prior to Christmas.

I wanted to get the imagery of the Los Angeles skyline juxtaposed to an illustration of a warm cosy bed previously featured in my lockdown work 3:06 am, a similar work to Taylor releasing music during the lockdown. 🌃

Digital Collage, New Media Art

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5. Tolerate It – “𝘭𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘪𝘵”

“Tolerate It” is the fifth and most vulnerable song from evermore. This song is about the continuous struggle of wanting love from someone who isn’t even paying attention to anything you do for them. Again, this song lyrically is stunning and one of the songs I have on repeat. I used film photography for this piece as I wanted to get across an old feeling of an image, like an image which has been stuck in the drawer and forgotten about since the first date and now the people in the story are just “tolerating” each other and one wants it to work and try recreates the old love they used to have. 🥂

Film Photography

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