Friday, June 18, 2010

More Visiting Suit Paintings

Here are two more paintings by Xiaoda Xiao that collaborate with his forthcoming book, The Visiting Suit: Stories From My Prison Life.

Top is a painting from the story "The Devil's Trill," in which Xiao's mother brings him his violin and the only place he is allowed to play is in the lavatory, earning himself the nickname "lavatory violinist."

The bottom painting is from the story "In the Prison Hospital."


Francis said...

The line "beauty is but the beginning of terror" comes to mind when I look at these works. It is always astonishing that something beautiful can be created out of horror. Poe for example. These paintings fall into that tradition of darkness and enlightenment. Francis Levy

Barbara Browning said...

I LOVE these paintings.