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In the book "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov, Humbert Humbert is a demon-man full of lust for little Lo, his twelve year old American step-daughter. Humbert was psychologically stunted at age 13 because his first love, Annable Leigh, had died of typhus at only 12. "Lolita" is a prison "memoir" written by an intellectual adult man (Humbert) who is also a murderer and child molestor. ' In recounting his relations with Lolita, Humbert gradually moves from feeling only blind lust for the twelve-year-old "nymphet" girl, to genuine and everlasting love for a worn-out, old-before-her-time adult woman. The reader abhors Humbert's lust, and using of Lolita, but can empathize with his constant guilt over his physiological addiction.' (link) The novel is brilliantly well-written with continuous streams of complex and clever literary allusions. The poetic novel, "Lolita", has inspired my two new paintings (above) for the upcoming group show, "Literartistry".
The "Literartistry" show opens at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, CA on August 11, 2007 from 7-10 pm and continues for 3 weeks. About 50 artists will participate, each interpreting his/her favorite book, and the books themselves will be available for check-out in an upstairs library. Please contact gallery for purchases and check their website for online viewing.
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