Layet S Johnson

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Bart (Subgenius), 2012

colored pencil on paper, 11" x 8.5"


In the Subenius Diptych, I drew my typical cartoon style face (mouth, nose, and eyes) over Bart and Lisa's Matt Groening style faces, thus masking their identities through facial recognition. In these drawings I want to relate the "good" and "bad" siblings and their respective "book" and "street" smarts by considering both as "subgeniuses," a reference to The Church of The Subgenius of which it's figurehead Bob Dobbs also smokes a pipe. With Lisa, the pipe also represents the saxophone, or her positive hobby, while Bart's pipe represents marijuana, his traditionally negative hobby.

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