Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Art Talk Tuesday

I have been watching Netflix documentaries while working in my studio. Jeff Malmbery's, Marwencol caught my attention. The documentary lets us peek into the life of Mark Hogancamp.

Hogancamp was severely beaten outside of a bar by five men. He was left in a coma for nine days and hospitalized for some time. Hogancamp's injuries left him with no memories of his former life.

Marwncol is a miniature fictitious  town that Hogancamp built out of found objects and populated with dolls. He has a cast of characters and creates elaborate war time story lines within his new alternate world.

As I watched, I was intrigued with the plays he wrote for his characters, but what captured my heart were the photographs he made from the scenes. They are so interesting and unique. I'm a fan!

I've done a little poking around online, but I have not found a place to order his work via the internet.

Malmbery's documentary is a gem.

                                    ( I found this photo on a website)

Mark Hogancamp's world reminded me a bit of Henry Darger.  Mr. Darger lived a quiet life. He was not a social person, nor did he have a family. It wasn't until after his death that his life's work, the adventures of the Vivian Girls, was discovered. He made a huge amount of art work and kept detailed notebooks about the girl's world. He wrote stories, made lists filled with supporting information about military supplies, soldier payrolls and names of men who died in wars within his dream world.
I saw the documentary about Henry Darger  on Ovation TV over a year ago. I'm not sure where it can be found at this time. I'm sure it is not hard to find written material about his work.

Henry Darger's Vivian Girls.

I'm always amazed by what my fellow human beings create!

Have a great day and be amazing!!!!


  1. sounds fascinating. Wonder how his beating and memory loss made room for him to create this amazing series of stories.....sad but uplifting in an intriguing way. xox

  2. Your blog posts never fail to incite curiosity and pathos. Those are two stunning examples of great creativity - neither of which I would have known a thing about - were it not for your blog! Thanks Jill. A great post as always.

  3. The human imagination, and creativity, knows no bounds. Amazing!