August 19th, 2005

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Henry Darger



Saw this fantastic documentary last weekend called In the Realms of the Unreal. It's about an outside artist named Henry Darger. Darger spent most of his childhood trying to figure out how to escape from orphanges and children's mental institutions and much of his adult life creating a massive novel and series of paintings documenting the mythical adventures of the Vivian Girls and the Child Slave Rebellion. Darger filled his paintings and stories with every bit of his own delusions, fears, sexual misconceptions, and obsession with the purity of children. I found both his fantasy world and his own life very compelling. I highly suggest renting the DVD.

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