Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University welcomes artist, writer and graphic designer Danica Novgorodoff for an artist talk and exhibition of artwork from her newly published graphic
novel, The Undertaking of Lily Chen.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the 849 Gallery, 849 S. Third St., Louisville, KY 40203
5p to 6p Exhibition Opening and Reception
6p Public Lecture by Danica Novgorodoff followed by book signing
The Undertaking of Lily Chen tells the story of Deshi, a young man from rural China who
accidentally kills his brother and must find an unwed corpse for his brother to marry before his is
buried. He finds a candidate, but she is very much alive.
The inspirational seeds for the story were sown after Novgorodoff's first visit to China in 2007,
when she read an article about the black market for female corpses that has sprung up in rural
areas of China. The purpose of this black market is to supply brides for "ghost marriages." She
returned to China in 2009, traveling through the villages of Shanxi province, the setting for the
story, doing visual research.
The exhibition of original illustrations from the novel will be on view April 3, 2014 through May 2,
2014 at the 849 Gallery. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30a to 2:30p.
Danica Novgorodoff is an artist, writer, graphic novelist, graphic designer and horse wrangler from
Kentucky who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has published three graphic novels: A Late
Freeze (2006), Slow Storm (2008), and Refresh, Refresh (included in Best American Comics
2011). The Undertaking of Lily Chen is her fourth book and was published in March 2014.
The Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University opens the door to a creative and productive life
through higher education in the visual arts. In partnership with Spalding University, the Kentucky
School of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, with majors in Painting/Drawing,
Digital Media, Graphic Design, Sculpture, and General Fine Arts.
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