The Art of "Circus Of The Scars" a Review
Artist review by Doug Higley
MAN . . .
writing a review is sometimes a tough assignment . . . but then,
I assign myself the things I want to write about . . . the key
I have been wanting to write a piece about underground artist
Ashleigh Talbot, those of you lucky ones who read Jan Gregor's
"Circus of the Scars" are familiar with her style of hard edge
pen work . . .
I have always been a 'seat of the pants' artist and writer,
tripping over the fine points and allowing stuff to come out the
way it comes out. So . . . when it come to writing abut another
artists work, I really want to, but the how escapes me and I run
the risk of 'talking through the backend,' so to speak.
ASHLEIGH TALBOT. Well, she and I both have put out our own
handmade books . . . she has lots of tattoos. I have one. She
has some similar interests and has worked the sideshows, she as
a performer . . . me as an owner. Her list of accomplishments
are more memorable than mine, though we both have 'done it all'
over the years in the pursuit of art.
She, I suppose, can be considered a 'hippie' or to be more
accurate of the 'beat' generation . . . while I did live in the
Haight Ashbury during the 60's I wore a suit and was a 'talker'
in front of the topless clubs (and a performer/escape artist)
whereas she was the real deal . . . from the heart . . . Seattle
underground . . . gut level poetess called, "Triangle Slash." I
never had a name like that although some San Francisco mob
friends occasionally called me 'Dougy Doughnuts' - Quaint.
Ashleigh is an underground legend for all the true reasons that
come from living the life a lot of us see in the eye we use to
view that other life style . . . the one we really can't fathom
. . . the one we put a half smiling 'them' to. Whether it's
Gypsies or Beatniks or any culture we have trouble connecting
with on any other level than 'they' or 'them'.
I mean this girl has actually illustrated for W.S. Burroughs for
cryin' out loud! She has been there, done that, in a list that
would take up this entire issue of the 'report.' So let's just
say Ashleigh Talbot/Triangle Slash is a well known underground
comic book artist, illustrator and tattoo artist and her fourth
book, "Beat Speak" was recently published by Water Row Press.
And, of course, she did the inks for "Circus of the Scars" . . .
posters for the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and Tim "Torture King"
Cridland's act . . . blah, blah, blah. Boy am I jealous!
You see I want to use the word 'amateur' but that's not really
correct . . . this girl is No amateur by any stretch. So what is
word? Unencumbered by training? That's closer. Hey, maybe she
was trained. I really don't know, but thankfully it doesn't show
if she was. Raw, edge, shocking, stark, emotional, blood
running fast, gut wrenching impact, unslick, not polished, child
like, stabbing, outrageous, silly, beautiful, again beautiful.
Words, all valid, I just don't know to put them all together so
I'll just leave them hanging there naked with goose bumps. As an
underground artist of sorts as well as a performance artist on
occasion I love the form.
Ashleigh Talbot resides at the top of the game for all the right
reasons . . . she wasn't created by some school or motivated by
some ad agency to take up the style . . . it is what flows . . .
what comes out, comes out and damn the viewer if you don't 'get
it'. Technique can be aquired, what artist Ashleigh Talbot puts
out, can only be found and wondered at.
No less than the raw talent that adorns the caves in
and no more than what we need to feel the pen on the paper. Her
work is a major contribution to the success of "Circus of the
Scars" . . . get your copy and watch this girl cook.
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