by Hi Ho Silver in New Illustration on Saturday 20 January 2007

Sometimes when you look at an image you just want to pick it up and eat it with a spoon. And just sometimes this happens over illustrations depicting a pregnant woman murdering her husband with a leg of ham and then feeding it to the investigating officers. A recent graduate working out of Wellington, New Zealand, Sarah Anderson’s illustrations of Roald Dahl’s Lambs To The Slaughter are a bit too beautiful. She also pays clever attention to all that festers under the surface: ‘while the grotesque humour makes it hard to take the story seriously, further examination reveals it to be an insightful examination of the conflict between the face one presents to society and one’s hidden inner nature’. [see also Peter Ferguson]