In All That Brown the Sun Went Down, 2016
4 folded-stapled zines in printed box
152 pages in 4 volumes, color and b&w illustrations throughout
6 in. x 9 in.
Margaret Wise Brown was the author of many classic children's books including Goodnight Moon (1947) and The Runaway Bunny (1942). She was part of an innovative moment in children's literature that worked to capture the direct language and everyday experience of childhood. Christina Kelly's 4 volume comic, In All That Brown the Sun Went Down is loosely based on actual events and relationships from Brown's life. The story revolves around imagined sessions with her real-life Freudian analyst, Dr. Robert Bak. With Dr. Bak she examines the tempestuous 10-year love affair with a woman twice her age, her frustration at not being able to write successfully for adults, and the animosity she endures from the children's book librarian at the New York Public Library. The characters in the comic are depicted as rabbits, appearing at the same time to be both childlike and grown up.
Christina Kelly is a Brooklyn based visual artist and filmmaker. In drawings, films, and with her work in the public realm Christina playfully engages with the geography, ecology and history of her hometown. Her work has been presented at Proteus Gowanus, The Rotunda Gallery, The Invisible Dog, dumbo video arts festival, BAM, The New Festival, and Frameline. She was recently a LMCC Swing Space Resident on Governors Island, where she climbed over the seawall with a homemade rope ladder. As a film editor she worked Vijay Mathew, Ramin Bahrani, Casper Andreas and the artist Judy Radul. www.discobikini.com