Banks Violette

My work proposes to analyze a particular event or phenomenon in a way I would call literary or operatic. Mostly I end up referring to things in the world that get read too easily or become miscues, models of information in transition. For example, murders related to heavy metal culture are about a sort of overt theatrical excess that gets literally enacted. When singing figuratively about killing turns into a literal command—I should really kill somebody—it becomes a miscue. And, ideally, the same potential for misreading is set up for the audience of my work (hopefully not to the point of inspiring someone to go stab their sister, but it has to be gray and fuzzy enough to go wrong in some way).

The unreliable narrator is such a clear literary trope, and the fact that there isn’t that kind of subject position in art has always interested me. In art there is always an attempt to moralize

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