Demonicus Domesticus

Artist Statement

Demonicus Domesticus was my undergraduate thesis project at the University of Guelph. It consists of 14 four-color screen prints bound in a hardcover book format. The book itself transforms into a sculpture of a small house when inner components are revealed; the book cover acting as the roof. Each print depicts a small demon who is busy being responsible for all manner of mishaps in the household: a demon blows dust on the dining room table, another teaches the cat to claw the furniture, while others steal socks from the laundry, drill holes in the roof, and chip the china with a hammer and chisel. The series was roughly inspired by Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat story, but these demons don’t have a fancy machine to clean up afterwards. They don’t care if you get in trouble and they know you will get blamed for it all.