It once came into my head that if it were desired to reduce a man to nothing–to punish him atrociously, to crush him in such a manner that the most hardened murderer would tremble before such a punishment, and take fright beforehand–it would be necessary to give to his work a character of complete uselessness, even to absurdity.

The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

however another trick is ensuring that though the work is absurd the subject should believe in it’s necessity. again the power of actuality, the reasonable ocular evidence, no mind could reasonably argue against.

pencil on paper, a4, 2012


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