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Painted Book Sculptures byMike Stilkey, โ€œFull of Smiles and Soft Attentionsโ€

LA-based artist Mike Stilkey creates whimsical painted sculptures out of stacked books.ย Mike has always been attracted to painting and drawing not only on vintage paper, record covers and book pages, but on the books themselves. Using a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer, Stilkey depicts a melancholic and at times a whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales. A lingering sense of loss and longing hints at emotional depth and draws the viewer into their introspective thrall with a mixture of capricious poetry, wit, and mystery. His work is reminiscent of Weimar-era German expressionism and his style has been described by some as capturing features of artists ranging from Edward Gorey to Egon Schiele.

I fight Rape Culture because
When I told my ex boyfriend about my rape
He โ€˜forgaveโ€™ me.

I fight Rape Culture because
I saw my baby sister age overnight
As she told me about her best friend getting molested.

I fight Rape Culture because
My closest friend was abused as a child
And he told nobody but me.
It took him 13 years to open up.

I fight Rape Culture because
My friends admit to letting their partners fuck them when they donโ€™t want it
Then laugh it off as typical male behaviour.

I fight Rape Culture because
Saying that youโ€™re raping someone is perfectly acceptable
If youโ€™re playing a video game.

I fight Rape Culture because
Men tell me they are insulted when women walking in front of them start to walk faster.
As if their ego is more important than our safety.

I fight Rape Culture because
If I tell somebody their rape joke isnโ€™t funny
I am told that Iโ€™m uptight.

I fight Rape Culture because
It wonโ€™t die out
Unless we kill it ourselves.

I Fight Rape Culture
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