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The Enigmatic Allure of In-Home Pillars as a Symbol of Opulence – A Conversation with Artist Daniel Clowes

    Intriguingly, the presence of in-home pillars has long served as a conspicuous marker of extraordinary affluence. In this captivating cover story, The New Yorker explores the artistic vision of celebrated artist Daniel Clowes, exploring his muse and the opulent existence of society’s elite.

    Daniel Clowes, an artist renowned for his thought-provoking and visually arresting work, opens up about his latest project, “Quiet Luxury,” and the enigmatic world he has chosen to dissect – the lives of the staggeringly wealthy. While the topic might appear to be an unconventional choice for an artist of Clowes’ caliber, his unique perspective sheds light on the hidden facets of opulence, revealing a captivating and often grotesque tapestry of the affluent class.

    Renowned for his graphic novels such as “Ghost World” and “Patience,” Clowes is an artistic maven within the comics domain, consistently pushing the boundaries of the medium with every novel undertaking. His latest work, “Monica,” although labeled a graphic novel, diverges from the norm by adopting an unconventional approach: it’s presented in a substantial one-hundred-and-six-page hardcover format. Inside the book’s covers, readers will immerse themselves in nine distinct tales, varying in length from four to twenty-four pages, all presented sequentially without the assistance of written introductions, guides, or postscripts.

    Through an engaging conversation with Clowes, we gain a deeper understanding of the allure of in-home pillars as a symbol of opulence. His artistic exploration unearths the profound connection between grand architectural elements and the conspicuous consumption of the elite. Clowes’ work challenges us to question the role of these pillars in shaping our perception of wealth and luxury.

    By meticulously examining the lives of the grotesquely rich, Clowes seeks to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots, offering a new lens through which we can contemplate the extremes of wealth. “Quiet Luxury” stands as a testament to Clowes’ ability to reveal the hidden layers of opulence and provide a thought-provoking commentary on our society’s obsession with affluence.

    In this exclusive interview, Daniel Clowes takes us on a journey through his artistic process and the inspiration behind his exploration of “Quiet Luxury.” Prepare to be captivated by his insights into the opulent world of in-home pillars and the lives of those who inhabit them.

    Clowes, known for such graphic novels as “Ghost World” and “Patience,” is a master of comics who seems to reinvent the form for each new project: even though “Monica” is billed as a graphic novel, its large, hundred-and-six-page hardcover format is unusual. It comprises nine stories, which range from four to twenty-four pages and follows one another without any written introduction, guide, or postscript. 

    Tony M.