Billy Von Raven


A Sentence as Long as a Vein
Graphite on paper, red and blue thread
2 in x 449 in (5 cm x 1140 cm)
2020

This is a story composed of a single sentence and drawn in a single line. It was inspired by a line of poetry: “Es una sola hora larga como una vena…(It is a single hour as long as a vein...)” from “Las furias y las penas” by Pablo Neruda. Another inspiration was the one-sentence short story “Mary When You Follow Her” by Carmen Maria Machado. The story is about surviving seemingly disparate attempts to annihilate one’s personhood, how that onslaught can seem meaningless and survival can even seem accidental, but persistence is fueled, nonetheless, by meaning-making.