Call me a fool, but I love Dover images, even if I don’t use them often. A baboon, a lizard, and choirboys lead the way, while a mammoth skull bellows. I rushed into the studio, took down a large painting start (orange with flourescent paint) and made a quick assemblage of things to inspire. Dover images have a rich, black and white web of texture. I like to enlarge them at Kinko’s on regular copy paper, then rip them freely. In pieces, you can’t tell what the original image was, but I always think that somehow, the network of lines “remembers.” Paste them down right on the canvas, or, if you’re patient, use an image transfer technique.
Dover Images are a metaphor machine. Just place any two side by side and see what they tell you. The choirboys with the mammoth skull? Well, in the old days we worshipped the animal world, especially those that could kill you. The skull and the lizard? We’re immediately in the desert the desert, or the underworld. And, by the way, they’re not copyrighted… they have officially entered the realm of the archetype, the eternal. Forge your bonds with the archetypes. Invite a Dover book to dinner.