I Love You, I’m Going To Blow Up Your School

This painting, from the Project Mogwai series, is a portrait of Billie Jo Jenkins. She was murdered on 15 February 1997, and the case remains unsolved to this day. Something about this case really affected me at the time, and I think it’s because she reminded me of several girls I used to know at school. I think that’s why I chose to make the painting on cardboard and deliberately underpaint it, so that it looked like the obsessive handiwork of a grief-stricken teenage boy who had always had a secret crush on her. I researched the case for my never-to-be-published (and you should be glad about that) true crime magnum opus The Hangman’s Breakfast, and still have no firm opinion on what really happened to Billie Jo, except to say that we will never know the truth.

Mogwai – I Love You, I’m Going To Blow Up Your School

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