Fairytail Lobotomy is the result of many years of planning to work on a collaborative project. It only took my move to the other side of the world and then a short visit to Serbia for us to get our shit together and get something done during a 1-and-a-half week period when we were both free. We decided to make gigantic paste-up illustrations, painted by hand on 2 by 1.5 meter formats… which we then took to the streets of Belgrade.
We spent a few days in Čačak, sketching and listening to Vojke. We then relocated to Belgrade where we spent an unreasonable amount of time looking for large thin paper… and listening to Vojke. This left us with a total of 2 days to execute the drawings on gigantic formats. The illustrations were painted by hand with black acrylic paint. I also used a peach and gold paint because I was feeling very ‘byzantine’. A lot of coffee, cigarettes and energy drinks were consumed. A lot of paint was sat on. Hellga sacrificed something.
At 3am on the last day, we packed 3 complete strangers and ourselves into a small 3-door Volkswagen Golf – along with a shitload of gigantic rolls of paper and a completely useless (and thus decorative) bucket. It was an unusually cold summer night. Party cloudy, with a chance of showers.
Tips from Hellga: Preparing the adhesive manually by mixing the wallpaper glue powder and water with you bare hands is as close as you can come to helping birth an Alien baby – and it is a very enjoyable experience.
To conclude – the demons and fairies become permanent residents of the city of Belgrade, I went back to the land of sunshine and bilbies and Hellga went back to hell. This, however, was just the beginning. The Fairytail Lobotomy project continues… Stay tuned for more! We would like to thank the three strangers and Vojke for the inspiration and support.
Check out the full presentation and Hellga’s work on the project here.
Photos by Nemanja Pesic, Milica Mrvic, Bojana Stankovic, Tanja Stevanovic, Orsho and Hellga.