Pictures showing ukuleles

John Lennon holding a ukulele

A recognizable face above; artwork by Amy Crehore below.

Amy Crehore

Amy Crehore

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  1. cymast

     /  October 14, 2008

    I love the whimsy of the Crehore drawing! Particularly the stealthy upright cats, and the focus on the figure’s feet.

  2. acilius

     /  October 14, 2008

    I love it too! It’s on a T-Shirt that’s on sale until tomorrow ($23 now, $27 thursday.) Even the sale price is a little steep for me right now, but I was tempted. I’ve noticed that lots of Crehore’s drawing include figures blowing bubbles; Pierrot seems to be blowing his bubble to obstruct his own view of the ukuleleist’s buttocks.

  3. cymast

     /  October 14, 2008

    Your Pierrot interpretation is interesting.

    Some of the woman-animal pieces seem uncomfortably sexual, IMO.

  4. acilius

     /  October 14, 2008

    I’m sure they are intended to make the viewer uncomfortable. We can sympathize with Pierrot and not want to look at what is right in front of us. Pierrot might be showing a decent regard for the ukuleleist in not wanting to look directly at her bare bottom. But then we have to ask if Pierrot had a choice of where to sit. Who told him to sit facing the ukuleleist’s bare bottom? Likewise, did someone tell us to look at Crehore’s pictures?

    Anyway, I still love this drawing. The riddles in it only make me love it more. The jacks on the floor- who was playing jacks? Was the ukuleleist there while they were doing it? Why do the feline creatures feel they have be stealthy to look at her, while Pierrot feels he must block his own view? The more I look at it, the curiouser it becomes.

  5. cymast

     /  October 14, 2008

    I would argue that Pierrot had prior knowledge of the view, while we did not.

    I would also suggest Pierrot did not realize blowing a bubble and viewing the bottom would be mutually exclusive. After all, Pierrot is a silly clown.

    Within the context of your interpretations, I interpret the jacks as a sexual reference and the cats as the embodiment of sexuality itself. Ever-present, stealthy, poised, lurking in the background (in this case).

  6. believer1

     /  October 14, 2008

    I consintrated on the first pic. As a matter of fact I realized I had not even noticed the second one untill I read the comints and had no idea what you were talking about. I did go back up and look again and saw everything but I can’t get the singer in the first pic’s mougth out of my head. I feel like the song is for me.

  7. acilius

     /  October 14, 2008

    “I had not even noticed the second one”- wow, what a Beatles fan!

    powerful interpretation, cymast!

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