The Beautiful Grotesqueries of Amy Swartele

I received this hardcover book of Amy Swartele’s beautifully grotesque art in the post yesterday.  What captivates me about her work is the the sense of multiplicity in her imagery.  For example:

each of these pieces feature multiple faces, or at least multiple distortions of a single face.  In Deleuzian terms, the identity of each artistic subject is unstable, fragmentary, and always already rhizomatic.  The effect of this multiplicity is horrifyingly abject, but also (I think) freeing.  There is a certain terror within the freedom of knowing that beneath the surface we are not one person, that we “contain multitudes.”

For more of Amy Swartele’s art, and her very interesting artist’s statement, go hither: http://www.amyswartele.com/

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Tuesday, 17th August
Illustration for the film Eyes Without a Face from Criterion Affection.  Click the image to peruse this wonderful site!

Illustration for the film Eyes Without a Face from Criterion Affection.  Click the image to peruse this wonderful site!

Image by Tina Imel, Youth is Wasted on the Young.
I stumbled upon the work of Tina Imel quite accidentally one day, which is the best way to discover an artist of such thrilling vision.  I love the delightfully dilapidated anachronism of her work; the world she depicts seems to be an alternate 19th century possessed of a dark whimsy and fantastique alien to our own past.  I love the tatterdemalion clothes, the melancholic expressions, and apparent self-portraiture that is everywhere apparent in her work.  Your universe, I would like to live there.
You can purchase prints and originals of her work here.

Image by Tina Imel, Youth is Wasted on the Young.

I stumbled upon the work of Tina Imel quite accidentally one day, which is the best way to discover an artist of such thrilling vision.  I love the delightfully dilapidated anachronism of her work; the world she depicts seems to be an alternate 19th century possessed of a dark whimsy and fantastique alien to our own past.  I love the tatterdemalion clothes, the melancholic expressions, and apparent self-portraiture that is everywhere apparent in her work.  Your universe, I would like to live there.

You can purchase prints and originals of her work here.

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Wednesday, 22nd September
Another artwork from Tina Imel for your consideration.  This one is called The Factory.

Another artwork from Tina Imel for your consideration.  This one is called The Factory.

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Thursday, 23rd September
suicideblonde:

Christina Ricci in Sleepy Hollow

This is essentially what it looks like in my head when I read a Gothic novel.

suicideblonde:

Christina Ricci in Sleepy Hollow

This is essentially what it looks like in my head when I read a Gothic novel.

(via numbereight)

And I came upon a little house, a little house upon a hill / And I entered through, the curtain hissed / Into the house with its blood-red bowels where wet-lipped women with greasy fists / Crawled the ceilings and the walls / They filled me full of drink and led me round the rooms / Naked and cold and grinning until everything went black / And I came down spinning
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry”
foxesinbreeches:

lastdreamofjesus, stigmatizedinreverie:

Santiago Caruso Yira, Yira

And I came upon a little house, a little house upon a hill / And I entered through, the curtain hissed / Into the house with its blood-red bowels where wet-lipped women with greasy fists / Crawled the ceilings and the walls / They filled me full of drink and led me round the rooms / Naked and cold and grinning until everything went black / And I came down spinning

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry”

foxesinbreeches:

lastdreamofjesus, stigmatizedinreverie:

Santiago Caruso Yira, Yira

Art by Michael Whalen.
Pieces of this nightmarish tableau adorned the covers of the first H.P. Lovecraft books I acquired way back in junior high.  I remember some young hoodlums broke into my locker and were laughing at me for having books written by a man named “Lovecraft.”  The laughter stopped when they got a good look at the book covers.

Art by Michael Whalen.

Pieces of this nightmarish tableau adorned the covers of the first H.P. Lovecraft books I acquired way back in junior high.  I remember some young hoodlums broke into my locker and were laughing at me for having books written by a man named “Lovecraft.”  The laughter stopped when they got a good look at the book covers.

Another piece by Michael Whalen that was used on a series of H.P. Lovecraft paperbacks.

Another piece by Michael Whalen that was used on a series of H.P. Lovecraft paperbacks.

These brilliant porcelains of Victorian women with gory wounds by Jessica Harrison seem to be making the rounds, but I offer them here in case someone out there hasn’t seen them yet.  Click here for the full gallery.

These brilliant porcelains of Victorian women with gory wounds by Jessica Harrison seem to be making the rounds, but I offer them here in case someone out there hasn’t seen them yet.  Click here for the full gallery.

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Thursday, 11th November
Via Littlelistmaker, Dirk Erik Schulz's re-imagined monster breakfast cereal mascots. As a child I really wanted to like those (especially Booberry) but I never acquired the taste for them.  
Also, I always wondered if Booberry was supposed to be the ghost of a hobo.

Via Littlelistmaker, Dirk Erik Schulz's re-imagined monster breakfast cereal mascots. As a child I really wanted to like those (especially Booberry) but I never acquired the taste for them.  

Also, I always wondered if Booberry was supposed to be the ghost of a hobo.

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Tuesday, 16th November