By Laurie Sheck
This daring, genre-defying booklet brings us the “monster” in his personal phrases. He recollects how he used to be “made” and the way Victor Frankenstein deserted him. He ponders the tragic story of the Shelleys and the intertwining of his existence with that of Mary (whose fictionalized letters salt the narrative, besides these of her nineteenth-century intimates) during this riveting mixture of truth and poetic license. he's taking notes on all features of human striving—from the track of John Cage to robotics to the Northern explorers whose lonely quest mirrors his own—as he attempts to appreciate the unusual race that made but shuns him, and to discover his personal freedom of mind.
In the process the monster’s musings, we additionally see Mary Shelley’s existence from her youth via her elopement with Percy Bysshe Shelley, her writing of Frankenstein, the births and deaths of her kids, Shelley’s well-known drowning, her widowhood, her next travels and life’s paintings, and at last her dying from a mind tumor at age fifty-four. The monster’s fierce bond with Mary and the story of ways he ended up in her fiction is a haunted, severe love tale, a narrative of 2 beings who can always remember each one other.
A Monster’s Notes is Sheck’s so much exciting paintings to this point, a luminous meditation on creativity and expertise, on alienation and otherness, on ugliness and sweetness, and on our have to be understood.
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A Monster's Notes by Laurie Sheck