Girth E.P. Ness is a Renegade fartist committed to spreading his love of flatulence across the globe.
The art world is its own universe, infinite and ever expanding. If you have something to say and a medium, get to work. It’s a long game, and starving is part of the process. Enter Girth E.P. Ness, the renegade known for tackling any medium and only one subject. Ness sees himself as a vandal rather than artist, and likens what he does to farting in a crowded room and then watching the horror spread.
“I am the low brow,”
he says, self satisfaction carved deep into his smirk. Ness was the visionary behind Shart Water, and for hundreds of other “excretions”, as he calls each piece of his artwork. It started as a fascination with the naughty, and grew into a much purer love of flatulence. “The fart is a beautiful metaphor for what we all really want. It’s instant gratification incarnate.” he says. His first experience with the power of farts came in kindergarten, when the class outcast let one rip. “In that moment, he was a God.”
From zero to hero with something as simple as bodily function. It was like witnessing a miracle, and the event stuck with Ness for the rest of his life. He saw within the fart a glimmer of hope, a common thread connecting all mankind. The fart transcends language barriers, through both sound and smell.
Ness creates comic books, tags trains and walls, and spreads stickers across the US. He writes poems, short stories, and builds structures from recyclable materials including actual poo. All in a glorious ode to the first thing that really made him laugh.
“The word art is entirely encapsulated within the word fart. And that’s how I see the world.” Ness prefers not to take credit for his work. Just like farting in a crowded room, it’s sweeter that way.