Food for Thoughts [Hunger], painting by Nicolas Skorupka

Food for Thoughts [Hunger], painting by Nicolas Skorupka

White dry watercolor on black paper
Sketches inspired by Kafka’s short story “The Hunger Artist”

A man makes his living by exhibiting himself in a cage at local fairs, the whole interest for the audience being to see him fasting to the utmost point of physical decay, thus becoming an object of horrible fascination.
In Kafka’s own distinctive style, we delve into the inner workings of the man facing the audience (or facing himself… ?)
A fairly puzzling story.
These drawings are intended as a set of “visual reading notes”, not so much an illustration of the story as a personal vision of some of the psychological issues at play…

[…] “Forgive me everything…”
whispered the hunger artist […]

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