About the Artwork and Animations
A Q&A with Rich Shapero

Q: Artwork appears in the digital versions of most of your novels, but there is a striking connection between Ramón Alejandro’s paintings and the specific events and ideas in Island Fruit Remedy.

RS: In no other project is the correspondence so close. It was a collaboration in every respect, from character to plot to setting to theme. The idea for the story germinated in the eighties, long before I knew Ramón’s work. But I couldn’t figure out how to tell the story. Ramón gave me the characters and events, and it was his outlook on gender that helped me make Wood’s experience concrete.

Q: Most of your past projects have combined book, music and art, but this one features animations set to music. Why the change?

RS: Experimentation is one of life’s great pleasures. And animation seemed a nice way to express IFR’s playfulness.

View the Island Fruit Remedy Gallery

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Animation Credits

Ch. 1
Painting: La Fonction du mal dans l’ordre universel, 2004.

Animation by Janelle Miau and Tavet Gillson

Audio:
“La Hora Más Oscura” 
Label: Shika Shika 
Written & produced by Robin Perkins (El Búho)
Mastered by Rob Small

Ch. 2
Painting: Mañunga, 1998.

Animation by Tomas Cottle

“Corazón de Rubi”
Label: Wonderwheel Recordings
Written and produced by Robin Perkins
Mastered by Ron Shaffer 

Ch. 3
Painting: La Naturaleza de la Luz, 1989.

Animation by Tavet Gillson

“Xica Xica” 
Label: Wonderwheel Recordings
Written and produced by Robin Perkins
Mastered by Ron Shaffer

Ch. 4
Painting: Agó Laroye, 1997.

Animation by Tomas Cottle

“Heatwaves and Hurricanes”
Label: Shika Shika 
Written and produced by Robin Perkins
Mixed by Roger Cervantes Guillamat
Mastered by Yosi Horikawa

Ch. 5
Painting: Las Edades del hombre, 2002

Animation by Tomas Cottle

Audio:
“La Hora Más Oscura”

Ch. 6
Painting: Tránsito de la mirada, 1998

Animation by Tomas Cottle

Audio:
“Chucum” 
Label: Wonderwheel Recordings
Written and produced by Robin Perkins
Mastered by Ron Shaffer 

Ch. 7
Painting: La Conquista del Espacio, 1995

Animation by Tomas Cottle

Audio:
“Noche Tepotzolán”
Label: Shika Shika 
Written & produced by Robin Perkins
Mastered by Rob Small

Ch. 8
Painting: Los Deseos terrenales, 1993

Animation by Tavet Gillson and Janelle Miau

Audio:
“Heatwaves and Hurricanes”

Ch. 9
Painting: L’Origine dépendante de tous les phénomènes, 2004

Animation by Tomas Cottle

Audio:
“Tlacotlan”
Label: Wonderwheel Recordings
Written and produced by Robin Perkins
Mastered by Ron Shaffer

Ch. 10
Painting: El Gran Teatro del mundo, 1998

Animation by Tavet Gillson

Audio:
“Heroica”
Label: Shika Shika 
Written & produced by Robin Perkins
Mastered by Rob Small