T.L. Luke, AP, Rat God, 2017. Oil and gold leaf on skateboard deck, 31 x 8 inches. Photographed by Eric Tadsen.
The Creature Series (2013)
T.L. Luke, The Creature, 2013. Oil on panel, 12 x 24 inches (each). Photographed by Eric Tadsen.
This twelve-panel piece deconstructs Mary Shelley's confrontation scene in Frankenstein via the inclusion of literature and imagined film. Inspired by both mediums, I’ve presented the deformed Creature and Dr. Frankenstein as players of contemporary society that exemplify this concept: a white man arguing with a woman of color. It's unfortunate that the dialogue, pulled directly from the 1818 original text of Frankenstein, is still relevant 200 years later.
Dialogue from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:
Dr. Frankenstein: Devil! Begone, vile insect! Or rather stay, that I may trample you to dust!
Creature: I expected this reception. All men hate the wretched; how then must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things!
Creature: Do your duty towards me, and I will do mind towards you and the rest of mankind. If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace…But if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.
Dr. Frankenstein: Begone! I will not hear you!
Creature: Be calm! I entreat you to hear me, before you give bent to your hatred on my devoted head. Have I not suffered enough, that you seek to increase my misery?
Dr. Frankenstein: Wretched devil! You reproach me with your creation; come on then, that I may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed.
Creature: You accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Oh praise the eternal justice of man! Yet I ask you not to spare me: listen to me; and then, if you can, and if you will, destroy the work of your hands.
Dr. Frankenstein: I do refuse it and no torture shall ever extort a consent from me. You may render me the most miserable of men, but you shall never make me base in my own eyes. Begone! You may torture me, but I will never consent!
Creature/Woman: You are in the wrong and, instead of threatening, I am content to reason. I am malicious because I am miserable. Tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?
Shall I respect man, when he contemns me? Mine shall not be the submission of abject slavery. I will revenge my injuries: If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear.
Have a care: I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you curse the hour of your birth!
…I intended to reason. This passion is detrimental to me; for you do not reflect that you are the cause of its excess.
Oh! my creator, make me happy; let me feel gratitude towards you for one benefit! Do not deny me my request!
Distinguished Series (2012)
T.L. Luke, Distinguished I, 2012. Oil and graphite on panel, 48 x 18 inches.
T.L. Luke, Distinguished II, 2012. Oil and graphite on panel, 48 x 18 inches.
T.L. Luke, Distinguished II Study, 2012. Oil and graphite on panel, 24 x 8 inches.
Photographed by Eric Tadsen.
(Un)spoken Series (2012)
T.L. Luke, Hidden, 2012. Oil on panel, 48 x 12 inches.
T.L. Luke, Unspoken, 2012. Oil on panel, 48 x 12 inches.
Photographed by Eric Tadsen.
Insecurity Portrait Series (2011)
T.L. Luke, Shy, 2011. Oil and charcoal on panel, 24 x 48 inches.
T.L. Luke, Skin, 2011. Oil and charcoal on panel, 24 x 48 inches.
T.L. Luke, Thin, 2011. Oil and charcoal on panel, 24 x 48 inches.