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Glass and mirror portrait of William Burroughs.

William Burroughs, the author of The Naked Lunch and often dubbed the grandfather of punk had an intriguing and somewhat dark life. While celebrated for his incredible writing and openness regarding his drug use and abuse over the years, there are some elements of his past that are a little uncomfortable and most prefer to gloss over.

I have chosen to expose and explore what I would imagine would be the darkest moment in his life, and certainly a turning point. In his early years when it was often frowned upon to be gay, Burroughs married a very dear friend, Joan Vollmer. From what I can tell, she was very much his soulmate. Unfortunately Burrough’s sexuality meant he had a tendency to abandon her from time to time. After returning from one such escapade, Vollmer required some serious consolation so Burroughs decided that they should go to Mexico on a booze and drug fuelled bender by way of making up for his misdemeanour. And bend they did.

William and Joan had a little game they liked to play. The William Tell game, where Joan would hold a glass on top of her head, and he would shoot it off with a gun… not quite a bow and arrow shooting an apple, but much more thrilling. One evenings after copious amounts of exotic concoctions, they went back to the hotel room and played their special game. But this time it didn’t go as planned, and this time Joan was killed. A horrendous and defining moment in Burrough’s life. He later claimed that it was the catalyst that propelled him into writing The Naked Lunch. An attempt to alleviate the distress and pain of this terrible accident.

This portrait depicts the moment before worlds collided and one life was lost while another began. The intensity and anguish of Burrough’s gaze reflected in the glass anticipates the moment.

Double layered. Backpainted glass overlaying mirror with enamel and acrylic detail. Framed and ready to hang.

The Naked Lunch: William Tells All

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Glass and mirror portrait of William Burroughs.

William Burroughs, the author of The Naked Lunch and often dubbed the grandfather of punk had an intriguing and somewhat dark life. While celebrated for his incredible writing and openness regarding his drug use and abuse over the years, there are some elements of his past that are a little uncomfortable and most prefer to gloss over.

I have chosen to expose and explore what I would imagine would be the darkest moment in his life, and certainly a turning point. In his early years when it was often frowned upon to be gay, Burroughs married a very dear friend, Joan Vollmer. From what I can tell, she was very much his soulmate. Unfortunately Burrough’s sexuality meant he had a tendency to abandon her from time to time. After returning from one such escapade, Vollmer required some serious consolation so Burroughs decided that they should go to Mexico on a booze and drug fuelled bender by way of making up for his misdemeanour. And bend they did.

William and Joan had a little game they liked to play. The William Tell game, where Joan would hold a glass on top of her head, and he would shoot it off with a gun… not quite a bow and arrow shooting an apple, but much more thrilling. One evenings after copious amounts of exotic concoctions, they went back to the hotel room and played their special game. But this time it didn’t go as planned, and this time Joan was killed. A horrendous and defining moment in Burrough’s life. He later claimed that it was the catalyst that propelled him into writing The Naked Lunch. An attempt to alleviate the distress and pain of this terrible accident.

This portrait depicts the moment before worlds collided and one life was lost while another began. The intensity and anguish of Burrough’s gaze reflected in the glass anticipates the moment.

Double layered. Backpainted glass overlaying mirror with enamel and acrylic detail. Framed and ready to hang.

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