Horizontal Living – Cover (2021)
Watercolour on Paper
Limited Edition Print Run of 10
A3 Size (x2)
‘Horizontal Living’ by Asphyxia is a darkly humorous piece, relatively direct in its activism for human rights for people with disabilities. The alteration to the iconic Penguin Book cover – a comforting piece of home paraphernalia we all know and love – to illustrate a deep and richly complex part of the difficulties we face as artists with disabilities that may have us bedridden for some or all of our lives, brings warmth, comfort and familiarity to the concept. It brings humour, friendliness to a topic that is bound to upset all, whether they have faced it or not.
The contents page is a deeper dive into the dark humour of part one of this artwork. Anyone who has experienced said horizontal living for any extended amount of time, can recognise and relate to each page of the contents. The amount of pages each section takes to relate, only adds to the humour! The folded page corners, the riffled pages, the possible food stains along the bottom of the book…all hilariously familiar. And yet…