LIFE IS NOT ENOUGH is a limited-edition picture story book. Duggan’s first published book portrays a wandering soul, who continually seeks meaning in his life whilst grappling with love, marriage, and misadventure. A mini epic presenting a humorously bleak and cartoon-like vision of the human experience, the book suggests an existence governed by an unconscious overlord; a force that neither judges nor designs, but just is.
Uniquely portrayed through sparse text and a series of beautiful photographs. LIFE IS NOT ENOUGH is produced to the highest printing and binding standards. It is a beautifully designed, hardback and clothbound limited-edition book. Each copy numbered and signed by the artist.
"the story he tells via his images, of companionship, mourning and the magnetism of art and beauty, is haunting." Donald Mahoney.
Clothbound, limited-edition book
40pp. | 300 x 300mm
Limerick born artist Joe Duggan graduated from the MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, UK in 2002. Since then Duggan’s practice has evolved to incorporate a wide range of media including video, painting, sculpture and publishing. Through these various media his work considers ideas of value and identity. Focusing on themes of the family, the artists role in society and the influence of hierarchical systems, including religion, on culture. Across his projects Duggan’s work is inflected with a wry wit and a playful DIY aesthetic in which he conveys deeper lying concerns. The label ‘tender cruelty’, borrowing from the phrase coined for Walker Evans, has been used to describe his work. Jacqui McIntosh writes ‘Duggan’s sees the dramatic within the everyday’.