i am here to build jurrusolomCHILDISH, Billy
[London] The Aquarium. 2004.
Limited edition, number 34 of 100. 360x215mm. Unpaginated, eleven leaves. Original beige linen. Upper cover with hand print in dark blue oil paint against a white and red oil background. Fore-edge untrimmed. One black and white photographic self-portrait on glossy paper. Five colour prints from paintings by Childish and one monochrome line drawing printed on thick paper. The front free endpaper has an original pencil self-portrait by Childish. Although it is described as signed by Childish this copy appears not to be, thus making it more rare than the ones that have been.
This book was made to accompany an exhibition in September and October 2004 entitled Sex Crimes of the Futcher and held at Simon Finch Art. Childish’s novel of this name was also published in 2004. Many of the events from this novel appear in the poem i am here to build jurrusolom which opens this book as well as giving it its title. The poem and the paintings are highly expressionistic - intense, disturbing and mildly emetic but always arresting. Childish is one of the true English originals and eccentrics of the late twentieth century.