Nov 1st 2019

Chicago-based artist Molly O’Connell will lead a workshop looking at the origins of Japanese Manga comic books found in Emakimono, illustrated hand scrolls produced since the 10th century. Chōjū-giga (Scrolls of Frolicking Animals), drawn in the 12th century, is credited as the oldest work of manga. Workshop participants will use these examples as well as more contemporary works, including Osamu Tezuka, as inspiration to create stories in ink on rolls of paper. This activity is for children ages 11-14. Participation is limited.

About the artist: Molly O’Connell is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her work mixes unbelievable truths and strange fictions to create a world of perverted feminist hallucinations. She is currently working on a new book about spooky children and a devil, which will debut this fall printed by Colorama press (based in Berlin). MCO’s work has been performed, screened and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), AALA Gallery (Los Angeles), Evening Hours (New York), Waiting Room Gallery (Tokyo), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), MOHS Exhibit (Copenhagen), and sophiajacob (Baltimore). She teaches comics print & drawing courses at SAIC, CAPE, Marwen, & Music House to students of many ages.

Image Credit: The National Treasure “Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans” (Choju Jinbutsu Giga, 12th century). Image courtesy of The Japan Times.

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