Ramona Ring * Illustration

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07
22
___ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a feminist dystopian novel. It’s mainly about Offred, one of a class of individuals kept as concubines (“handmaids”) for reproductive purposes by the ruling class in an era of declining births. 
 “Above me, towards the head of the bed, Serena Joy is arranged, outspread. Her legs are apart, I lie between them, my head on her stomach, her pubic bone under the base of my skull, her thighs on either side of me. She too is fully clothed.
My arms are raised; she holds my hands, each of mine in each of hers. This is supposed to signify that we are one flesh, one being. What it really means is that she is in control, of the process and thus of the product. If any. The rings of her left hand cut into my fingers. It may or may not be revenge.
My red skirt is hitched up to my waist, though no higher. Below it the Commander is f**king. What he is f**king is the lower part of my body. I do not say making love, because this is not what he’s doing. Copulating too would be inaccurate, because it would imply two people and only one is involved. Nor does rape cover it: nothing is going on here that I haven’t signed up for. There wasn’t a lot of choice but there was some, and this is what I chose.”

___ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a feminist dystopian novel. It’s mainly about Offred, one of a class of individuals kept as concubines (“handmaids”) for reproductive purposes by the ruling class in an era of declining births.

“Above me, towards the head of the bed, Serena Joy is arranged, outspread. Her legs are apart, I lie between them, my head on her stomach, her pubic bone under the base of my skull, her thighs on either side of me. She too is fully clothed.

My arms are raised; she holds my hands, each of mine in each of hers. This is supposed to signify that we are one flesh, one being. What it really means is that she is in control, of the process and thus of the product. If any. The rings of her left hand cut into my fingers. It may or may not be revenge.

My red skirt is hitched up to my waist, though no higher. Below it the Commander is f**king. What he is f**king is the lower part of my body. I do not say making love, because this is not what he’s doing. Copulating too would be inaccurate, because it would imply two people and only one is involved. Nor does rape cover it: nothing is going on here that I haven’t signed up for. There wasn’t a lot of choice but there was some, and this is what I chose.”

07
08
___ Now let’s play some pretending games. Shut your eyes and pretend you’re looking at that poor old mynah bird with one leg that comes to school every day to be fed. Can you see him?”(…)"Four one-legged mynah birds at the four corners of a square, and a fifth one in the middle. And let’s make them change their color. They’re white now. Five white mynah birds with yellow heads and one orange leg. And now the heads are blue. Bright blue—-and the rest of the bird is pink. Five pink birds with blue heads. And they keep changing. They’re purple now. Five purple birds with white heads and each of them has one pale green leg. Goodness, what’s happening? There aren’t five of them; there are ten. No, twenty, fifty, a hundred. Hundreds and hundreds. Can you see them?" Some of them could—-without the slightest difficulty; and for those who couldn’t go the whole hog, Susila proposed more modest goals. (…)"What’s the point of it all?" Will asked when the children had run off to play and Mrs. Narayan had returned to her office."The point," Susila answered, "is to get people to understand that we’re not completely at the mercy of our memory and our phantasies. If we’re disturbed by what’s going on inside our heads, we can do something about it. (…)" Island, Aldous Huxley

___ Now let’s play some pretending games. Shut your eyes and pretend you’re looking at that poor old mynah bird with one leg that comes to school every day to be fed. Can you see him?”(…)
"Four one-legged mynah birds at the four corners of a square, and a fifth one in the middle. And let’s make them change their color. They’re white now. Five white mynah birds with yellow heads and one orange leg. And now the heads are blue. Bright blue—-and the rest of the bird is pink. Five pink birds with blue heads. And they keep changing. They’re purple now. Five purple birds with white heads and each of them has one pale green leg. Goodness, what’s happening? There aren’t five of them; there are ten. No, twenty, fifty, a hundred. Hundreds and hundreds. Can you see them?" Some of them could—-without the slightest difficulty; and for those who couldn’t go the whole hog, Susila proposed more modest goals. (…)
"What’s the point of it all?" Will asked when the children had run off to play and Mrs. Narayan had returned to her office.
"The point," Susila answered, "is to get people to understand that we’re not completely at the mercy of our memory and our phantasies. If we’re disturbed by what’s going on inside our heads, we can do something about it. (…)" Island, Aldous Huxley

07
06

highdate fragte - "what do you use to make your work?"

I’m using paper, pencils, a scanner and Photoshop.

1 Anmerkung 
07
03
___ In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Ministry of Truth is responsible for any necessary falsification of historical events. The word “truth” in the title Ministry of Truth warns that its function is to put the administration’s best face forward, even if the ministry willfully fools posterity by altering official, historical archives which show, in fact, what “really” happens. As well as the archive, the administration enforces a new tongue-in-cheek language for themselves called Newspeak, in which the word “truth” is understood to mean statements like 2 + 2 = 5 when the situation warrants.

___ In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Ministry of Truth is responsible for any necessary falsification of historical events. The word “truth” in the title Ministry of Truth warns that its function is to put the administration’s best face forward, even if the ministry willfully fools posterity by altering official, historical archives which show, in fact, what “really” happens. As well as the archive, the administration enforces a new tongue-in-cheek language for themselves called Newspeak, in which the word “truth” is understood to mean statements like 2 + 2 = 5 when the situation warrants.

07
03

kamolsky fragte - "Hi Ramona, I was just wondering if you do collaborations? cheers!"

Send me an email with what you have in mind to r.ring@gmx.net.

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07
03
___ In Jewgenij Samjatins WE having a soul or vivid imagination means to be seriously sick. Everybody who is diagnosed as suffering from a soul, is required to undergo the “Great Operation”. This operation removes the imagination and each kind of emotion.

___ In Jewgenij Samjatins WE having a soul or vivid imagination means to be seriously sick. Everybody who is diagnosed as suffering from a soul, is required to undergo the “Great Operation”. This operation removes the imagination and each kind of emotion.

07
03
___ work in progress

___ work in progress

07
03
___ Just a quick try in between.  
“The goal of the pigoon project was to grow an assortment of foolproof human tissue organs in a transgenic knockout pig host - organs that would transplant smoothly and avoid rejection, but would also be able to fend off attacks by opportunistic microbes and viruses, of which there were more strains every year. A rapid-maturity gene was spliced in so the pigoon kidneys and livers and hearts would be ready sooner, and now they were perfecting a pigoon that could grow five or six kidneys at a time.” Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood

___ Just a quick try in between.  

The goal of the pigoon project was to grow an assortment of foolproof human tissue organs in a transgenic knockout pig host - organs that would transplant smoothly and avoid rejection, but would also be able to fend off attacks by opportunistic microbes and viruses, of which there were more strains every year. A rapid-maturity gene was spliced in so the pigoon kidneys and livers and hearts would be ready sooner, and now they were perfecting a pigoon that could grow five or six kidneys at a time.” Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood


06
21

___ some more spreads of my application for the masters program. Yesterday I got an invitation for the qualifying test next week!

06
08

___ Just sent out my application for the masters program in illustration…time to keep fingers crossed.

05
29

___ Some photos of the concept booklet I had to make for my bachelor thesis.

05
27
___In Island Huxley drafts the idea that all criminal energy is based on two specific types of people. One of them is the Peter Pan type:
"I’m trying to think," said Will, "of a good historical example of a delinquent Peter Pan." "You don’t have to go far afield. The most recent, as well as the best and biggest, was Adolf Hitler." (…)"A Peter Pan if ever there was one. Hopeless at school. Incapable either of competing or co-operating. Envying all the normally successful boys-and, because he envied, hating them and, to make himself feel better, despising them as inferior beings."
So in Pala the most important way of preventing crime is to check if children belong to the Peter Pan category and treat them early enough:
"Between four and a half and five all our children get a thorough examination. Blood tests, psychological tests, somatotyping; then we X ray their wrists and give them an EEC. All the cute little Peter Pans are spotted without fail, and appropriate treatment is started immediately."

___In Island Huxley drafts the idea that all criminal energy is based on two specific types of people. One of them is the Peter Pan type:

"I’m trying to think," said Will, "of a good historical example of a delinquent Peter Pan." "You don’t have to go far afield. The most recent, as well as the best and biggest, was Adolf Hitler." (…)"A Peter Pan if ever there was one. Hopeless at school. Incapable either of competing or co-operating. Envying all the normally successful boys-and, because he envied, hating them and, to make himself feel better, despising them as inferior beings."

So in Pala the most important way of preventing crime is to check if children belong to the Peter Pan category and treat them early enough:

"Between four and a half and five all our children get a thorough examination. Blood tests, psychological tests, somatotyping; then we X ray their wrists and give them an EEC. All the cute little Peter Pans are spotted without fail, and appropriate treatment is started immediately."

05
27

I got pretty critical reactions…

___ concerning the illustration with the embryos. Maybe I should have added that what I illustrated and what Aldous Huxley wrote there is not to be taken literally, it’s the total satire and it’s not ought to be cool. What he drafted was a serious warning, about what he feared the world would look like in a few years if we don’t stop. But still thank you guys for your messages! And if you haven’t read “Brave new world” yet you really should.

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05
15
___ “So the youngsters have a high level of physical activity throughout their school years. School groups often go on expeditions: it’s common to see six-year-olds, with heavy backpacks, trudging along with older kids on hikes which … may last four or five days, and in quite forbidding country. As they move on into higher levels of school … much of the children’s time is allotted to training in fishing and hunting and survival skills, at the expense of basic educational skills. They are forced to learn not only the basic techniques but also how to improvise ecologically acceptable equipment in the wild: hooks, snares, bows, arrows, and so on. … The experiences of the children are closely tied in with studies of plants, animals, and landscape.” Ecotopia, Ernest Callenbach

___ “So the youngsters have a high level of physical activity throughout their school years. School groups often go on expeditions: it’s common to see six-year-olds, with heavy backpacks, trudging along with older kids on hikes which … may last four or five days, and in quite forbidding country. As they move on into higher levels of school … much of the children’s time is allotted to training in fishing and hunting and survival skills, at the expense of basic educational skills. They are forced to learn not only the basic techniques but also how to improvise ecologically acceptable equipment in the wild: hooks, snares, bows, arrows, and so on. … The experiences of the children are closely tied in with studies of plants, animals, and landscape.” Ecotopia, Ernest Callenbach

05
14
___ In Aldous Huxleys Island the Lord Shiva is described as a man-made image. Everyone is taught that worshipping symbols will not get prayers answered. The Old Raja wanted children to understand that Gods are all homemade, and that it’s people who pull their strings and thus give them the power to pull ours. To demonstrate this idea, the scarecrows in the fields are images of Buddha and the Christian God the Father. If prayers are answered, it is because in this "odd and psychological world, ideas have a tendency if you concentrate your mind on them to get realized."

___ In Aldous Huxleys Island the Lord Shiva is described as a man-made image. Everyone is taught that worshipping symbols will not get prayers answered. The Old Raja wanted children to understand that Gods are all homemade, and that it’s people who pull their strings and thus give them the power to pull ours. To demonstrate this idea, the scarecrows in the fields are images of Buddha and the Christian God the Father. If prayers are answered, it is because in this "odd and psychological world, ideas have a tendency if you concentrate your mind on them to get realized."