I’ve always been a night owl. I think and work better once it’s dark outside. The world is quieter, it recedes. This exhibition was a meditation on sleeping, dreaming and insomnia.
Isabella Blow died on May 7, 2007. She committed suicide. I never met her. I admired her from afar; I have no idea what I would have said to her if we’d been in the same room. I am a fairly reserved person, Isabella Blow seemed to be anything but reserved (though she said in interviews that she was shy). Her death made me very sad.
Teratology: invented in the nineteenth century, by Etienne and Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, teratology is a now seldom-used term for the study of human monsters. Monsters was also a term used by the medical profession to describe people afflicted by a wide variety of conditions, including dwarves, giants, hermaphrodites, Siamese twins, midgets, and men and women born without arms and or legs.