cover of the new edition of suehiro maruo’s “ddt” manga – with a familiar looking doll bottom right : )
i think i made this around 1995 – it’s a plastic doll bought in a market in germany with the anatomy made from modeling clay – i still have her (or him?) but now kinda unsellable – immediately after the above photo taken she fell flat on her face smashing the paint on her cheek – also the weight of the clay means it’s cracking away from the plastic (we never had feather-weight modeling clay back in those days)
anyway, the photo below was in my first book “evil”, but the above image hasn’t been reproduced anywhere (?) so i don’t know where maruo pinched it from – or even if he knows it’s my work, tho that is quite likely – tit for tat retribution for all the eye patches and stuff i stole from him, haha! – below is li’l miss sticky kiss’s homage to maruo’s midori-chan “ride a white swan” (yes, a tribute to marc bolan also) – at a group exhibition opening where the original was on show, sorayama was urging maruo to buy it – he declined of course : )
actually, re eye patches, apparently/allegedly maruo appropriated the idea from another artist and repeatedly used it himself so everyone believed it was HIS invention – i dunno if he confessed that in an interview or it’s just gossip – but i guess it’s what all artists do – finding their own iconography – damien hirst’s idiosyncratic spot paintings for example – thomas downing was doing identical works in the sixties!