COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF ORLI AUSLANDER'S BRILLIANT, DARK AND FUNNY NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL! REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AND ORLI WILL BE SIGNING BOOKS!
Orli Auslander feels bad. She feels bad when she doesn’t go to therapy, and she feels bad for going to therapy too much. She feels bad about hiding from her kids in the bathroom, she feels bad about eating meat and she feels bad about not wearing the lingerie her husband buys her. She feels bad about all the things we all feel bad about, but fortunately, she’s hilarious about it.
In a series of 100 illustrations with accompanying text, Orli Auslander has captured a mood and emotional ambivalence that will be all too familiar for readers: trying to be the best wife, mother, and friend she can be, while simultaneously feeling shitty about virtually everything she does. Confronting her daily experience with dark humor and brilliant and brutal honesty, she shows us how being an overindulgent mother makes her feel as terrible as the times when she can't stand the sight of her kids; how saying yes to the wrong experiences and no to the right requests is equally bad; how her Jewish heritage complicates her relationships with her overly religious family and irreligious children; and how having a vagina is the ultimate inescapable struggle.
The project began as an enormously popular exhibit in a New York gallery, where viewers reacted viscerally and passionately to Auslander's striking depictions of everyday life. This more expansive collection will dig deeper into the hugely talented and sharply observant mind of Auslander. With a distinctive, textured ink drawing style that brings to mind a female Robert Crumb and a neurotic Edward Gorey, I Feel Bad is a book that readers will buy for themselves and for a best friend, and where every reader will find the precise moment that Auslander voiced their deepest anxiety in her poignant and hilarious illustrations.
After a strict Middle-Eastern upbringing, a teenaged Orli Auslander dropped out of school in London and came to New York City, where she worked as a milliner and radio DJ on WLIR before returning to her first love, art. Her work has been shown in the United States and overseas from England to Spain, and was recently featured on the Showtime series Happyish. She is married to the author Shalom Auslander and lives with her family in upstate New York.