I'm not a visual artist but I was for a month once. I called this time the Month of Pure Valence and I was possessed enough to make the series of illustrations in this issue. The illustrations were made to accompany a book of my collected lyrics that dropped last year. They are illustrations because they illustrate whatever they are next to like a lantern pays no mind to where you set it down. Illustrate comes from a Latin word meaning "to light up." So these marks can illustrate one of my songs or a Raymond Carver story or whatever they are next to. They were designed that way.
I wanted to make the overall magazine feel like an organic object. Like a green nut that encases a red berry center. Or pink berry. I used to collect names of frozen yogurt shops I saw on the road, but this was back in the golden age of Humphrey Yogart, etc.
To light up!
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