Kathmandu, Nepal, Dana Young, no date [ca. 1972].
Nicely executed, detailed drawing of an opium poppy that had just been incised to harvest the opium. Young mounted the drawing on a piece of glossy black paper and made a paper "frame" for it. Young, along with Ira Cohen and Angus MacLise, was one of the original members of the Bardo Matrix, and the primary illustrator for their publications. The Bardo Matrix was a group of hippie expatriates that gathered in Kathmandu and started publishing prints on Nepalese rice paper, as well as books by Cohen, MacLise, Paul Bowles and others, including Young's "Opium Elementals" that featured his woodblock prints of opium smokers. The Bardo group were all experimenting with opium smoking since the drug was readily available, and Young was a particularly avid devotee, so the opium poppy and opium smokers were his signature motif. Some minor surface rubbing and handling to the glossy black paper, very small closed tear to the drawing, else very good (the drawing measures 4" x 6" not including the paper border).