Danijel Zezelj: Stray Dogs, A Story in Eight Chapters

The Croatian-born author of more than 20 graphic novels and short comics collections, Danijel Zezelj, brings his bold, documentary style to a story of loneliness in contemporary America.

Stray Dogs takes shape as the memoir of a woman journalist. Part illustrated biography, part dreamlike musing, Zezelj's richly descriptive narrative-in-drawings is told through a visually eclectic mix of individuals and settings, from moody cityscapes to shadowed interiors. His story takes on themes of exile, solitude, illness, displacement, and growing old in America. Merging a quasi-documentary style with darkly poetic and musical sensibilities, Stray Dogs explores the meaning of place in human experience. Zezelj's project is a boldly impressionistic representation of the world as he sees it.

The project was undertaken while Zezelj was in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

By Danijel Zezelj with text from Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Anne Hawley, former Director of the the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
113 pages
Published by Charta/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2005
7 x 0.8 x 10 inches