Illustrated by Tristan Wright
I was inspired to make this piece at a time when I was studying Enlightenment-era artwork and facing personal demons. It was made to emulate Goya’s El Sueño de la Razon Produce Monstruos (The sleep of Reason Produces Monsters) and was done as a representation of these struggles and truths.
The original piece is one print from a series of 80 aquatints titled Los Caprichos or The Whims. The series was a criticism of the ‘multitudes of follies and blunders that [Goya] saw as common to every civil society at the time, as well as the vulgar prejudices and lies authorized by custom, ignorance and interest.’ The full epigraph with El Sueño de la Razon Produce Monstruos reads “fantasy abandoned by reason produces monsters; united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels.”