Arts & Entertainment

Launch of Sydney artist’s “Preposterous” book

Sydney-based artist Chaia Fein has created 366 Preposterous Saints for your daily nourishment, illustrating the most elite of them in glorious paintings with accompanying historical notes.

Having lived in Italy for many years and influenced by its relics and icon industry, she has combined a love of language with her vivid imagination to create this deliciously irreverent book filled with fascinating and confronting images and stories in the style of absurdist humour.

The preposterous nature of the Saints’ holy claims will have readers scrabbling for the dictionary and clamouring for more, perhaps adding their own to the parade. The Preposterous Saints is a must-see/have/share experience.

She would be delighted if you could join us on this uproarious occasion to celebrate her quirky and irreverent publication of the secret lives of some Preposterous Saints. This is more than a book launch; it is a revelation into a fascinating and little-known crooked cranny of church history. These are the Saints that the church wants to hide!

To add to the pleasure of this miraculous event, we will be graced by the presence of Pope Ubiquitous XXII, who will be reading praises of the author’s illustrious work. To support the Pope in this dubious duty there will be other prestigious personages such as the glorious Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the undesirable addition of Cardinal Putredinous Smell. The book will be launched by the Splendiferous Irina Dunn.

Chanting will be offered as a joyous accompaniment to the festivities and much merriment will be the order of the day. As an option, you are encouraged to add to the spirit of the occasion by adopting any dress or accoutrement of ecclesiastical style. (ID)

Sep 25, 2:30-5:30pm. Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room, 370 Darling St, Balmain. Free. 

You are invited to enjoy some delicious nibbles with a glass or two of bubbly or red wine and, of course, non alcoholic beverages if you are of an abstemious nature. For this reason, RSVPs are essential. Please reply to Chaia’s email: