Jake Chapman. The Marriage of Reason & Squalor
Fuel, London, 2008
In his first work of fiction, artist Jake Chapman slashes the romantic
novel down to bare bone and constructs his own disfigured version
from the slaughtered remains.
Chlamydia Love is gifted her very own tropical island by her fiancé,
where she develops a grudging adoration for its real owner, the
enigmatic bestselling author, Helmut Mandragorass. A battle between
her fiancé and Helmut ensues, for ownership of the island and
ultimately for the love of Chlamydia.
This mercilessly subversive tale is illustrated by Chlamydia’s
watercolours entitled Visions of Morass, images inspired by the island
as she struggles with her feelings of agony and ecstasy.