Portrait of a Body

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Portrait of a Body

By  Julie Delporte , Translated by  Helge Dascher , Karen Houle
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A portrait of flourishing desire in a body ever-changing

As she examines her life experience and traumas with great care, Delporte faces the questions about gender and sexuality that both haunt and entice her. Deeply informed by her personal relationships as much as queer art and theory, Portrait of a Body is both a joyous and at times hard meditation on embodiment—a journey to be reunited with the self in an attempt to heal pain and live more authentically.

Delporte's idyllic colored pencil drawings contrast with the near urgency that structures her confessional memoir. Each page is laden with revelation and enveloped in organic, natural shapes—rocks, flowers, intertwined bodies, women's hair blowing in the wind—captured with devotion. The vitality of these forms interspersed with Delporte’s flowing handwriting hold space for her vivid and affecting observations.

Skillfully translated by Helge Dascher and Karen Houle, Portrait of a Body provokes us to remain open to the lessons our bodies have on offer.

Julie Delporte was born in Saint-Malo, France, in 1983. She presently resides in Montreal, Canada, and Portrait of a Body is her fourth graphic novel after This Woman’s Work (2019), Everywhere Antennas (2015), and Journal (2014). She holds a degree in cinema studies and was a fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. When she’s not working on comics, she makes ceramics, writes poetry and essays, and works on risograph and silkscreen projects. She loves animals, plants, and sometimes humans.

ISBN: 9781770466807

ISBN-10: 9781770466807

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly

Publication Date: 01/16/2024 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/16/2024 - 12:00am

Pages: 268

Language: English


Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction / Biography & Memoir

Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary

Comics & Graphic Novels / LGBTQ+

Comics & Graphic Novels / Contemporary Women