March 4th, 2011
New print is available at my shop.
Sensual, sad, delicate illustration… a story about a quiet french girl, Cornelie..
I like to imagine how would it feel to be her… what would I do on her place…
★HER LIFE in SHORT STORY
….At the age of 14, after unusually bad dream, Cornelie felt of her bed and got a few painful bumps on the head. However strange it may sound, her Mother Quern forbid her to do so. Quern never explained herself.
Horns started to grow in a week time.. they surfaced like a tooth, painfully.. For a month she wore big fur hat, and because it was winter and the heating broke in the house, nobody was surprised. Cornelie never told anyone that it was her who broke it.
When horns got too big to hide them, Cornelie panicked & run away, taking with her only two woolen dresses, family photo album, a porcelain doll & little pillow that was hers since forever. She had many adventures, couldn’t always explain why a thick hat in a particularly hot summer day was essential, and her little pillow got lost one crazy night in a train.
Finally, she ended up in a sideshow, where her best performance included: herself in thin sequin costume, cage, dim light, ticket 10$ each and people trying to reach her. She would remember forever a boy that managed to do so, as later on they ran together, got married & settled in little countryside cottage.
One rainy day, many years after, Cornelie was looking at her tattered, ancient family photo album, and noticed a corner of something sticking out from between the layers of ripped cover…. It was a set of very very old photographs & drawings… All of those pictured people had horns… And the genealogy tree…
Cornelie packed her little, funny suitcase with round corners and impossible amount of labels…. and decided to visit home……
Cornelie, one cloudy day, felt from bed and bumped her head.
Even though her mum Quern said – ‘Zon’t you heverr bump yourr ead’
But what really happened next, none of you won’t believe…
Very strong & spiky horns sprung from little, pretty head…
HUMAN HORN is an unexplained medical condition when human can grow … exactly what it says in the title.
In Mütter Museum you can see a wax model of a woman with a horn growing out of her forehead..she had it for couple of years. It’s easy to research… just type… you know what.