'The Elephant Man' was the nick name for Joseph Merrick. He was born an Englishman with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity which is when he got his name, 'The Elephant Man. He became well known in London society after he went to live at the London Hospital. Merrick was born in Leicester, and began to develop abnormally during the first few years of his life. His skin appeared thick and lumpy, he developed enlarged lips, and a bony lump grew on his forehead. One of his arms and both of his feet became enlarged and at some point during his childhood he fell and damaged his hip, resulting in permanent lameness. When I heard about the challenges that Joseph went through regarding acceptance I felt like I wanted to be cloned and taken back in time to be his companion and love him as he is. This piece is about a simple wish that I had for him that was never granted and a wish that I'm sure he shared. He was an artist and a wide reader and comes across as a very gentle person who was easily moved to tears of despair or tears of joy.
Ink, Watercolour, pastels