The Art of The Homebody

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Drawing by “The Homebody”, in the year of the Other-Earth 2024. 

The Homebody's most impressive artistic feat to date is also his darkest. In what is assumed to be a self-portrait, (most likely done peering into a mirror in an abandoned rest stop somewhere in the middle of Kansas), The Homebody depicts himself as monstrously as the mutated creatures that surround him. It is unclear whether he is truly as gaunt and hollow as he chooses to show himself or if the skeletal appearance is merely a representation of his very humanity withering away.

The significance of the teeth being replaced by fingers is a matter of some debate between those analyzing this tortured man. Theories range from it being a representation infantile regression - the artist desiring to experience the world in a tactile manor with his mouth - to it being a direct connection with the eyeball placed at the back of the throat - possibly a desire to "cover ones eyes" to unwanted personal insight. 

One matter not up for debate is the incredible increase in the skill level of the artist himself. The recordings that were recovered from the Other-Earth indicate that The Homebody lived a somewhat repressed life, not feeling safe or comfortable expressing himself artistically, for fear of hearing "people talk." If nothing else, this piece truly shows how repression and a desire for strict "normality" (whatever that might be) suffocates talent, leads to mental stagnation, and has no place in a modern and accepting society.

Bear witness, spread love, and fight the Men In Suits that see you as only a stepping stone to their power fantasy. They are a cancer, and if they are not cut out, our great Humanity-Body will rot and die, slowly and painfully.

 

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Drawing by “The Homebody”, in the year of the Other-Earth 2024. 

As The Homebody continues his artistic journey, it seems as though he has begun to move away from depictions of graffiti and towards a tableau of violence, both real and imaginary. It would be difficult to assume that a car wreck would still be engulfed in flames this many years on from an apocalyptic event, so some artistic license is clearly being taken. 

It is our assumption that this drawing is very similar in structure to The Homebody's previous offering, being a collection of three separate pictures put into one main drawing, (a triptych of sorts) the difference being the lack of clearly defined borders, creating the illusion that this was one dramatic scene that was witnessed instead of a combination of many with a  healthy sprinkle of imagination added in for flavor.

Of particular interest to us is the fascination with human text, each of the three scenes here having an aspect of written communication as a central feature. A mere interest, or a defining trait of an artistic soul? Currently the only art piece to lack text is also the only one that depicts a form of mutated human, an odd coincidence. 

 

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Drawing by “The Homebody”, in the year of the Other-Earth 2024. Three drawings on one sheet of paper.

 

Echoing other Outsider artists such as Henry Darger, Adolf Wolfli, and Bill Traylor, The Homebody delights in bright colors, bold strokes, and has a warm and cartoonish style. With no formal artistic education that we know of, the fact that The Homebody has chosen this medium to serve as a security blanket of sorts is very interesting, as is his choice of subject matter.

 

In the first of the three sections, we see what can best be described as a colorful rendition of Banksy's “Girl With Balloon”, but with some notable differences. The girl is in full color, on a background of blue, and the hopeful balloon has been replaced with what we can only assume is a drifter. The strange halo around the Drifter-balloon is also an intriguing feature, and a puzzling mystery.

 

The second piece appears to be a drainage culvert with a street running over it. Weeds have grown thick and what seem to be boards are jumbled in the foreground. The cement wall is adorned with the graffiti: “No Thanks Satan, I'm Actually An Introvert”. This picture attracts particular attention from us, as The Homebody has mentioned that it was, at least at one point, his favorite.

 

The final picture, taking up the bottom right corner, is easily the most technically impressive. A bright and beautifully rendered sun blazes down on a swaying corn field, out of which sticks a rotting anti-abortion billboard. The board's original message of “Choose... Life...”, perhaps given new meaning due to the state of the world, has been answered by somebody in red paint, boldly: “NO”. The skill displayed in this piece showcases a talent that has been nurtured, perhaps in secret, for some time. The Homebody has already made mention of being embarrassed about his hobbies in the past, and the urge to draw might well be a piece of that puzzle.