This series of drawings responds to Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein. The creature at the heart of this story is an object of both fascination and revulsion. Like all monsters, he exists outside of normative standards and in doing so represents our most fearful selves.
One of the many themes within the novel is the creator’s struggle to accept what (s)he has created. In her book Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters cultural theorist Judith Halberstram describes the story as “an allegory about a production that refuses to submit to its author.” The creature’s evasiveness is, in part, what engages my interest within this project.