Inferno edition by Easton Press
Translation by Clive James
Illustrations by Marc Burckhardt
Krittika Ramanujan, Dante Prints
My work uses prints, drawings, paintings and short films to look at the human conditions of loss, suffering, exile, death, memory, and the past. Art for me is a way to explore questions that cannot be answered. Questions like “what is death? Is human nature good or evil? Why is there such suffering? what is fate?”
A work of art should contain more than one idea. For instance, the beauty of colour in an image may draw a viewer in, while the horrible subject pushes them away. A horrible image may be initially taken as something beautiful. An event in real life, and the depiction of such an event in art are quite different. These are two separate realms of experience. It is up to each viewer to experience it for themselves, or not. It is not the artist’s business to tell them what to think, or what response to have.
I have three ongoing bodies of work. One is inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. The second is on mammal skeletons, both modern and prehistoric. The third is about human rights, mainly the issue of lynching.
Each print seems to me like a page torn from a novel, in which the viewer can imagine what came before and after. Drawing is a way of thinking, discovering and feeling, so these works are primarily drawing based. –Artist Statement, Krittika Ramanujan
Ron Bassilian and Jim Wheelock, Inferno Los Angeles (2015)
“Over 700 years ago, the poet Dante Alighieri found his way to the Underworld from the dark wood outside his native Florence, and the adventure he recorded in The Inferno still haunts us to this day.
“Now, in modern times, a new traveler finds his gateway to Hell beneath the urban jungle of the “City of Angels.” Inferno Los Angeles revisits Dante’s journey, weaving new characters and contemporary scenarios with the timelessly familiar scenes Dante described. It is an adventure of pure imagination, fraught with obstacles, monsters, horrific visions and prophecies — all visualized in an epic graphic style. Journey with him, as each step down this human whirlpool brings new dangers and monstrosities, as we delve ever deeper into the torments of our own minds.
“INFERNO LOS ANGELES is a 136 page, full color graphic novel published in a deluxe over-sized hardcover edition by NeoClassics Press.” —Inferno Los Angeles
Nine Circles of Plagiarism Hell
“Through me, you pass into the city of consequences — All hope abandon ye plagiarists who enter here.
“In the spirit of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, Unicheck plagiarism checker reveals an alternative and humorous look at the fate that awaits plagiarists who are committing a sin against originality. The plagiarism hell has a place for everyone, even ‘good’ souls who ignore plagiarism guidelines, thereby sealing their fate to one day plagiarize and face the consequences of plagiarism, dwell here. The infographic takes a closer look at what happens to poor souls guilty of various plagiarism sins, ranging from the unintentional plagiarism to submitting the wholly stolen work. It offers a tour through the nine increasingly dreadful circles of plagiarism hell, in which sinners remain until they correct all incidents of copying and fraud. The most passive souls never leave, abandoning their graduation and career dreams.” — Unicheck Team, Unicheck, September 17, 2015
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