DONALD DAHMER by Rhea Dillon
120 x 200mm, 76 pages, Black & white printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2021
Donald Dahmer is a collection of poems by South London-born artist, Rhea Dillon. Written on her blog between 2018 and 2020, the publication was produced to mark her three month residency at V.O Curations. Dillon’s poems take the form of fluid and fragmented musings; understandings and misunderstandings; and conscious and less conscious textual processes attached to her research-driven conceptual practice and personal experiences. Within the work, words are approached from all angles as a method of unsettling their layers of sedimented meaning.
Taking inspiration from Marilyn Manson and his band, the title of the publication, Donald Dahmer, is a cultural portmanteau that nods towards the murkiness of icons and iconography. The title references the first and surnames of the two contemporary figures: Donald Trump and Jeffrey Dahmer.