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“Ira is cynical without lacking empathy, experimental without lacking direction. A dark, ambitious new voice.” – Garret Cook (Author, Crisis Boy)

about
ira rat works and lives in Ames, IA.

artist statement
My work explores the relationship between Military-Industrial Complex and daytime TV. With influences as diverse as Machiavelli and Andy Warhol, new combinations are synthesised from both mundane and transcendant dialogues.

Ever since I was a student I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the universe. What starts out as vision soon becomes corrupted into a carnival of defeat, leaving only a sense of what could have been and the dawn of a new beginning.

As momentary forms become reconfigured through emergent and diverse practice, the viewer is left with a testament to the outposts of our era.

connect
email: eyerarat@gmail.com
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Books
fiction
Pacifier
Participation Trophy
Learned Animals (Chapbook)

poetry
Juvenilia

non-fiction
Beginner’s Guide to Extreme Horror (w/ Jon Steffens)

art
i’m sorry mom

edited by Ira Rat
F•cked Up Stories 1
F•cked Up Stories 2
F•cked Up Stories 3
Teenage Grave
Little Birds
Isolation is Safety

anthology/zine appearances
Rock’n’Roll Horror Zine Vol. 1
Sniffing Ants Zine Vol. 1
Deep Fried Horror (April, 2019)

online work
Philosophical Idiot
Misery Tourism
Bizarro Central

music
Solo
Neon Lushell
W/ Richard Shirk
Tape Ends
Vicar Elm