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John McKie





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live in the north of England next to the Scottish border, pretty out of the way of things. I started making pictures at the end of 2011. I had done bits and pieces on and off over the years but decided I should maybe get cracking and do something every day.

I haven't trained in any way and kind of make it up as I go along. I suppose I mainly think about corruption, futility, media brainwashing, advertising, celebrity, injustice, death, politics, science, spirituality, religion etc. and how fantastic and capable we are as a species but how little we do really, me included. Yes it really is Comedy Central in my head (actually most of the time, it really is. There's often hilarity in dire stuff). On the other hand the universe is unfolding exactly as it should, as it says in The Desiderata, and is perfect. I read that Vincent van Gogh said the World was perfect, and that was just before he shot himself. So that story went. Maybe that's not true but I still believe him whether he said it or not.

Someone I like a lot told me that I had a dark vision and I suppose that's true, but I seem to like to make people laugh, it connects me a bit with people, and I remain upbeat and will keep looking forward to every day.
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