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God first, then the Devil

May 9, 2011

In the words of Joanne Bloch …

“I’ve always been interested in the way we humans understand good and evil. As a child, much like millions of other children I suppose, I imagined God as an old man with a long white beard sitting high up in the sky. Was he fierce or benign? I can’t remember any more. I do know that he could see all of us, and on one particular festival, the name of which I can no longer guarantee, men in dark clothes and  yarmulkes blew on rams’ horns and made a loud parp parp noise in his honour.  A few years ago I refined this vision to some degree by giving him a rather questionable sense of humour.

 I don’t think that Judaism taught us anything about the Devil so it was only later that the bad guy began to intrigue me. My 1989 cartoon ‘ A date with the Devil’ imagined him as a Karate 10th Dan with priapism and a penchant for the then uber- fashionable designer Rifat Ozbek…. I wonder how I might represent him now ?

Most of my work for the Grahamstown show again focuses on the Devil, but in an entirely different way… work in progress so watch this space!”

Joanne Wild Beast Bloch

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