There must be 50 ways to kill your lover

There must be 50 ways to kill your lover is a series of drawings which portray the murderous behaviour of popular cartoon characters. One of the premises of the work is to comment on the ubiquitous use of violence as a form of entertainment in the media; particularly in television shows geared towards a younger audience.

The pencil drawings, which use plush toys as their subject matter, are divided into two categories; Desperate Housewives, and Failed Relationships. For both groups I have depicted well known couples, some "married" (e.g. Mickey and Minnie), some having illicit affairs (e.g. Olive Oyl and Sarge from Beetle Bailey), in situations that suggest domestic abuse. In somewhat of a role reversal, the desperate and fed up wife/girlfriend appears to have murdered, or is in the process of murdering her husband/lover.

The introduction of social issues like marital failure and betrayal imply narratives that go beyond the scenes depicted. Response to the work vacillates between the obvious black humour of plush toys committing acts of homicide, and the harsh reality that many spouses die at the hands of their lovers.

Failed Relationships (Dear Walter)
Failed Relationships (Dear Walter)
Desperate Housewives (Betty is reminded of Loretta)
Desperate Housewives (Betty is reminded of Loretta)
Desperate Housewives (Fiona and the embroidered pillow)
Desperate Housewives (Fiona and the embroidered pillow)
Desperate Housewives (Lucy likes to play with rope)
Desperate Housewives (Lucy likes to play with rope)
Desperate Housewives (Marge with a Duff)
Desperate Housewives (Marge with a Duff)
Desperate Housewives (Wilma and the saw)
Desperate Housewives (Wilma and the saw)
Failed Relationships (The Panther still had feelings for his ex-lover)
Failed Relationships (The Panther still had feelings for his ex-lover)
Failed Relationships (Mickey and the Pooh)
Failed Relationships (Mickey and the Pooh)
Failed Relationships (Sam is alarmed at the exten of devil’s desire for his body)
Failed Relationships (Sam is alarmed at the exten of devil’s desire for his body)
Failed Relationships (The duck was supposed to discover the intruder was his ex-lover)
Failed Relationships (The duck was supposed to discover the intruder was his ex-lover)
Failed Relationships (Sylvester forgets what he learned in the anger management seminar)
Failed Relationships (Sylvester forgets what he learned in the anger management seminar)
Foul Play (Barney)
Foul Play (Barney)
Foul Play (Bugs plugged)
Foul Play (Bugs plugged)
Foul Play (Hanging boy)
Foul Play (Hanging boy)
Desperate Housewives (Elastogirl)
Desperate Housewives (Elastogirl)
Desperate Housewives (Miss Piggy and her excellent martinis)
Desperate Housewives (Miss Piggy and her excellent martinis)
Failed Relationships (Within seconds he would realise the affair was over)
Failed Relationships (Within seconds he would realise the affair was over)
Failed Relationships (Ernie and Bert)
Failed Relationships (Ernie and Bert)