Lily Raymond

Objects from The Thief's Journal

oil on panel

10" x 8"

This piece is based on The Thief's Journal, by Jean Genet. Lily might never have made another still life painting after college if it weren’t for Jean Genet’s book, The Thief’s Journal. She learned from Genet that any object can be consecrated: a tube of confiscated Vaseline can become an object worthy of Perpetual Adoration, and a rose—an item already laden with symbolism—can become even more dignified in the hands of a grieving thief.



Lily Raymond was born and grew up in New York City. She moved to New Hampshire to study painting and now lives and works in Portsmouth.​ ​She mails most of her art to bureaucratic institutions. | @lily.b.raymond

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