Momma Tried

Artist: Theo Eliezer and Micah Learned
New Orleans, LA

Momma Tried issue three is the midpoint of a five-part project examining 20th-century media’s decline in the 21st century. Since issue two, Momma has become sentient and is now aware of her own mortality as a print object. In an effort to resist obsolescence and death, she’s attempting to turn herself into a cyborg. As the organizers of Momma Tried consider how their content reflects her state of awareness and identity, this transition takes shape through themes of futurism, the uncanny, existential horror, and Internet aesthetics, as well as an embedded augmented-reality layer visible only through a smartphone application.