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Cheer up! It's only death. / 5 January 2014

Three figures, drawn in a loose sketchy style, skulls, no hair or flesh, stand over a horizontal skeleton. The background is swirling dark blue, pink and red.

How May We Help You? Digital Image. Deborah Caulfield 2014

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I probably shouldn't be here. 

The world is a mess, despicable things are happening and people are dying sadly, horribly and needlessly. It seems likely to me that these deaths are being deliberately caused in order to reduce the population.

Floods and storms are caused by nature and are beyond human control (though I wouldn't put it past them to manipulate the weather).

On the other hand, taking benefits from disabled and sick people, making them destitute and suicidal, is deliberate cruelty.

And this is not even the half of it.

I'm doing what I can to resist and challenge. I manage an organisation of disabled people, enabling people to have their say and get the support they need. I network, tweet, sign petitions and occasionally email my MP.

But art... For me this is pleasure and escapism. I enjoy making pictures, even when the subject or content are rooted in sad experiences.

Making pictures is fun. I can't help it.