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Mavado Charon on Balaclava.Q: I’m very impressed with the number and the great quality of all queer artists Balaclava.Q promotes: so much varied and strong art. I love Balaclava.Q because it’s obvious that queer artists are a family, which loves sharing art and ideas, and celebrate our passion for the male body and queer sexuality. It’s an honor to be amongst all of these artists, and that’s why I desired to be a part of Balaclava.Q. I also feel that “hiding” one’s face (and personality?) is a great part of my artistic life, and which is part of Balaclava.Q’s aesthetic mission. So, this “hiding” or “masking” the face, which I do in my artworks does have a real connection to a certain kind of “hiding;” thus, Balaclava.Q’s mission is important for me. I think that there is a connection between being gay or queer and “hiding” the face—but not out of shame; rather, it is some other reason. One I cannot put my finger on just yet.
I started making “dirty” drawings about five years ago. Now, of course, I’ve been drawing since I was a child, but was, obviously, too young to know about flesh and desire—especially what would be my queer desires. As I grew up, and learned the ways of the world, I started to create something new, something different—even from other queer and gay comics. I began to create sexual imagery that is deeply obscene and violent—so that which is not typically seen.
I’m drawn to, as well as inspired by, the underground graphic art scene, and also I am drawn to perverse literature; for example, American authors, such as Burroughs and Cooper, and also French authors, like Sade, Genet, Guyotat and Duvert. In a very real way, I desired to make drawings that would not illustrate, but rather further intensify what I read (and saw), which all pivoted around gay and queer sexualities. Also, I wanted to visually reckon with pain, death, and the end of Western civilization—often in a sexually driven apocalyptic fashion—but, of course, with a bit of humor. Through my drawings, I express unacceptable scenes and things. But, I hope, I am doing this in an smart and entertaining way.
Now, it is five years later, and I still have one of my “perverse drawings” up on my blog. I must admit that I am not absolutely satisfied with it, but I feel that I am now able to express all the dirty and filthy—the beautifully queer—scenes in which I am filled. Recently, I’ve started making proper comic books (not only drawings), and I’m working on a graphic novel, which will be extremely graphic and perverted. Also, I started to participate to many exhibitions and fanzines around the world—for example, New York, Florida, Germany, Austria, Turkey, and more. The road ahead looks exciting, and I hope that my work not only gets more exposure, but also touches people in unexpected ways.
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