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Heart of Darkness in Motion!
“The horror! The horror!”
Gaze upon The Heart of Darkness, ye mighty, and despair! All right, we’re mixing up our quotes, but it’s often hard to describe the effect of art upon the spirit—especially images as eerie, vibrant, and vicious as Matt Kish’s illustrated edition of Conrad’s classic Heart of Darkness. Check out this wonderful video (courtesy of the Tin House Art Department—Diane Chonette and Jakob Vala) of Matt Kish’s Heart of Darkness. Kish’s rich, imaginative drawings and paintings mirror Conrad’s original text and serve to illuminate Marlowe’s journey into the heart of the Congo, and into the depths of the human soul. Heart of Darkness is a text ripe for analysis and argument, formally and thematically; it explores matters of imperialism, racism, gender, and the duality of human nature. Kish’s illustrations add another layer, and another voice in the conversation. Heart of Darkness is an essential edition for fans and students of Conrad’s work, but is, above all, a piece of art all its own.
“The brilliant mind behind Moby Dick in Pictures is back to illustrate Joseph Conrad’s classic.”
Matt Kish is a self-taught artist from Ohio, where he lives with his wife, their two frogs, and far too many books. He has created one illustration for every page of Moby-Dick, fully illustrated Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and had his work appear in The Chicagoan, Propeller Magazine, and the Salt Hill Journal. He has also illustrated The Alligators of Abraham by Robert Kloss and the upcoming The Desert Places by Robert Kloss and Amber Sparks.