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Jerek Tucker
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: Planet Earth (occasionally)
Favourite genre of music: Anything not involving Cleo Laine or 50 Cent
Favourite photographer: Mapplethorpe
Favourite style of art: Abstract Expressionism
Operating System: Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: iPod Video
Shell of choice: MeShell My Belle
Wallpaper of choice: Woodchip
Skin of choice: Any colour, any shade, so long as it's hairy and involves full coverage...
Favourite cartoon character: Turanga Leela, Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny (but only when he's dressed as a girl)
Personal Quote: "No matter where you go, there you are."
Interests
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: P J Harvey
  • Reading: H G wells
  • Watching: Eurovision highlights
  • Playing: hard to get
  • Eating: chocolate cake
  • Drinking: Belgian beer
Well, after all the hints and teasers, the secret is out. Ruth is back with a new show, with an all new set of dance routines, and most importantly a new dance partner, Jessica. And as the poster says: 'If you thought Ruth was incredible, wait until you see Jessica'. 

This all started with a wicked idea.

Those of you who've been following me for  awhile will know that a theme that runs through most if not all my work is depicting the gap between what the world assumes a severely amputated person should be capable of doing and what they actually are doing, making believable the seeming impossibility of that activity in the face of the limitations that multiple amputations should impose. I've said before that the larger that gap is the more fascinating. So when Ruth (a literal torso who nevertheless is living a life as active and fulfilled as any able-bodied person) crept into my imagination, and Tomalee made the brilliant suggestion that she should be a dancer, I couldn't resist the challenge of making that impossibility real. And then I had to write a (partial as yet) account of her life and show a glimpse of her and her partner's lives and even expose her medical records!

Along the way I also did some pictures of Jessica who by stages ends up even more reduced than Ruth. 

And then the idea popped into my head. Ruth, for all her disabilities is still pretty believably active I think; Jessica, on the other hand... :o (Eek)  But what if she was a dancer too once? And what if she and Ruth could meet? And what if she became Ruth's dancing partner...

Challenge accepted.

I started to sketch a few ideas of how it might happen. And what the final show might involve. And I started to jot down a few notes and snippets of writing. In the end what emerged was a fairly lengthy account of how Jessica came to be Ruth's dance partner, a story which also, incidentally, reveals more about Ruth and Kami's and Jessica and her partner David's, lives. There's a new show poster. And there are two pictures of routines from the new show. I'll upload them all shortly.

I really hope you enjoy them. I got quite involved in the story and the pictures... it's weird but Ruth, Kami, David and Jessica have become quite real to me, almost as if I could bump into them next time I leave the house! So have I met the challenge and succeeded in making the 'even more impossible' real? I don't know. You be the judge. And please let me know one way or the other, either here or on the pictures / story. I'd love to know what you think! 

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s7584095j Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
I am always your fan!
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mautheil Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jerek, it's a real honour for me to see you're watching my page. In fact, I was certain you had been a watcher for years ! You're welcome, and perhaps you can consider a come-back to Disabled-graphics ?

Friendly yours,

Maurice :)
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jerek-uk Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Maurice. I thought I was too! But I was looking in my watch list and your name wasn't there! So I re-watched. :)

And thank you for favouriting one of my new uploads. I thought you (and others) might prefer the 'non-hairy' versions... though it's a shame as they're not really Membra in my imagination! :)
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pharmmajor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Sorry to bug you again, but I forgot if you got the note about a possible pic concept I sent you a while back. 
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jerek-uk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did yes. As I said in my reply, I'm sorry to disappoint but I don't do commissions. Apologies.
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pharmmajor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
I forgot. Sorry.
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jerek-uk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :) 
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zasz130 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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Pavlinka14 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hey upload something new please :)
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jerek-uk Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment! I hope you enjoy the recent uploads - although there're not of a new subject. :)
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