From illustrator E Merlin Murray (that's me), comes a book of drawings which discuss the mysteries of human consciousness via the worlds of neuroscience, metaphysics, esoteric mysticism, and a whole load of other arcane sciences.
Wait, that sounds pretty heavy...
Well it sort of is - I'm discussing some of the deepest thoughts you're ever likely to have had whilst gazing up into the cosmos late at night. But it's also funny, light hearted and at times silly. After all, these are the sort of questions to which there are no answers, only different ways of twisting the mind.
Inspired by Victorian scientific illustrations, and drawn in brush and ink on antique paper, the drawings which make up the Mysterium cover such cutting edge sciences as Alchemy; Phrenology; Palmistry; Occultism; The Qabalah; Chinese Medicine; and Magic, the whole lot imbued with a nice measure of Sacred Geometry.
I look at Biblical scripture; Buddhism; Bhakti Yoga; Gnosticism; and Spiritualism, all as potential ways to answer the eternal questions of human existence such as:
Why are we here?
Where did we come from?
What happens next?
Is the moon really flat?
However, it must be said that these are not strictly speaking scientific illustrations, despite my heavy usage of the word science here, in various forms. They are decorative drawings about nebulous, often contradictory topics which make suggestions, offer different ways of looking at things and lead the viewer to their own conclusions about the nature of reality.
I'm E (that's for Ed, but I'm quite pretentious) Merlin (my parents had a cruel sense of humour) Murray (I'm from Scotland), an illustrator based in the frozen wilds of rural Northumberland, in North East England. My work is mostly drawing based, but I also love animation and printmaking. When I'm not doing any of that stuff, I'm looking after one of a whole load of children; a pair of angry little dogs; and a lovely human lady. I play an old synthesiser in a traditional local reggae band. You can see more of my stuff on Instagram (@e_merlin_m) and at my website (merlinmurray.com) and get in touch with me via either of those avenues if you'd like to discuss any kind of illustration / animation based projects.
The Book will be a beautiful hardback book, printed on the finest paper and bound to the highest standards by a renowned art book printer in the UK. It will contain 90 pages and 52 full colour illustrations, and will be A4 in size (8.3 x 11.7").
The Book will feature an introduction by Art Historian Sophia Isabella and quotations throughout from a mixture of both well known physicists, and mystics (the two being often interchangeable, but don't tell the physicists or the mystics that I said so).
The rewards on offer include a limited edition Lino cut and a choice of two limited edition screen prints, one of which will have hand gilded embellishments. All of these have been printed by hand, by me, using the finest inks, papers, and gold leaf, and based on drawings from the Mysterium. There's also a chance to buy one of the original drawings from the book, or even to commission your own bespoke Mysterium-style illustration based on any image you like, and featuring whatever scientific data you'd like to include. None of this stuff is available to buy anywhere else in real life or on the internet.
We're a week in, and the project is going well, so I'm adding some stretch goals. They are:
£5555 ~ A signed digital print with custom stamp in gold ink. All pledges which already include postage will receive one of these. Pictured below.
£8888 ~ Stickers. If we get to this lucky number then all pledges which already include postage will receive TWO Mysterium stickers from the selection pictured below.
Please feel free to copy and paste the following for your blog / journal / international broadsheet newspaper:
Available now: Mysterium Conscientia - the new consciousness-based art book from illustrator E Merlin Murray. Inspired by Victorian scientific illustration it examines some of the most fundamental questions of human existence, such as 'Why are we here?', 'Where does consciousness come from?', and 'Is the moon really flat?'. Mysterium Conscientia will be a beautifully bound and printed old fashioned book of exquisite brush and ink drawings and diagrams. If you like such cutting edge sciences as Alchemy, Magick and the Occult, drawings, and thinking about things both heavy and silly, then you'll love this new book. Kickstarter rewards include a selection of beautiful limited edition prints hand-made by the artist as well as the rare chance to get hold of a bespoke illustration of you / your dog / whatever you like!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges: I could conceivably die tomorrow. If this occurs, we'll probably have to cancel the whole book idea. In this case, you'd get all of your money back because I would no longer want it. Other risks: the book could take longer to print than expected, but that's unlikely. I have a good relationship with the printers, we have clear expectations, and are in constant communication. In the case of a 'No Deal' Brexit, I imagine the postage costs will go up a little but don't worry - I'll cover the deficit in that case (it'll be the least of our worries).
I reckon it'll almost certainly all be ok (in fact, I reckon that everything will almost certainly all be ok). Let's not worry about it just yet...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (29 days)