Pulling Weeds from a Cactus Garden
Life is full of pricks
by Nathalie Tierce
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Pub Date 31 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2022
This collection of strange, surreal illustrations accompanied by short prose guides the viewer into a deeper level of experiencing the visual escapism of the imagery. The words are a way into these pictorial fables that take the contradictions of contemporary life, dress it in storybook garb, and serve it as a vision one might have in a fever dream or an acid trip.
The luridly rendered hallucinatory pictorial imagery in Pulling Weeds From a Cactus Garden follows Nathalie Tierce's other graphic novel, Fairy Tale Remnants.
Like the act of pulling weeds from a cactus garden, it's tricky, and you can't do it without getting hurt. Life is full of pricks.
Woven into these tales is a revisitation of several Aesop Fables, stories that provide insight into surviving in a world where the cards are stacked against you. Like Aesop's fables, these stories use symbolism not only to illustrate but define vices.
Themes of alienation, struggle between our inner worlds, expectations of reality are the center of these thorny tales. Characters in the book represent threats in a dystopian world. They are symbolic tropes in confrontation with themselves or those around them.
R.Crumb - Wrote in a personal letter to the artist and author Nathalie Tierce, "You are a genuine visionary artist with a direct line to your subconscious".
Comics Review U.K. - Included in “Best of 2021” “The marriage of image and text…can simultaneously tickle like a feather, cut like a scalpel and hit like a steam-hammer.”
John Cuneo - “I really like the rawness in these images. It feels like [she] actually resisted “polishing" things up, both paint and imagery-wise. It feels closer to the Id: direct, unvarnished and unsettling. It’s personal, and tortured and disturbing - I’m a sucker for that sort of thing.”
Jeffery D. Keeten, Goodreads - “If you need a chuckle and a shudder in equal measure, then this book will give you exactly what you are looking for”
Nathalie Tierce is available for interviews, podcasts, book signings, talks, book clubs and giveaways.
Depending on the specifics and logistics of location and time, Ms. Tierce has also done appearances along with exhibits of the artwork that appears in the book.