Los Campesinos sent out a request for drawing submissions for one of the following:
- a black bird (note: not necessarily a blackbird, but a bird that is black)
- a dead animal (nothing too exotic)
- a close up of an area of the human body
- ugly natural geography
I remembered that when I was in Mongolia I did a series of sketches of a horse that had broken its leg and was near death. We’d set up camp and I could see something white in the distance so walked up to it on my own. It was a very sad sight, probably a bit strange of me to draw it but I’d been travelling for five months at this point and I was pretty used to just sketching everything I came across! Plus, when you’re in the middle of nowhere in the Mongolian steppe, well, there’s not always much of interest around! Which is interesting in itself, miles upon miles of no visible traces of human existence.
Anyway, I sat not too close so as to not panic it and just drew. I could see a figure approaching in the distance, he arrived as I finished sketching. He’d brought the dying horse a bucket of water. We looked at each other but didn’t attempt communication. He carried on caring for the horse and I slunk away feeling a bit awkward.
So I reinterpreted this experience into a submission for Heat Rash.