Joanna Ebenstein and Colin Dickey have put together an anthology based on the best of the Morbid Anatomy Presents lecture series, and are running a Kickstarter campaign to produce it. Subjects include “anthropodermic bibliopegy (i.e. books bound in human skin), 19th-century Diableries, collections of preserved human tattoos, death-themed 19th-century Parisian cabarets, extreme taxidermy, popular wax anatomical models, the Anatomical Venus, Santa Muerte,” and many others. The Morbid Anatomy Anthology promises to be a beautiful, fascinating, high-quality volume that you will be proud to have on your bookshelves. A pledge of $25 or more will get you a copy of the book.
Ariana Page Russell has dermatographia, “a condition in which one’s immune system releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the hypersensitive skin’s surface is lightly scratched. This allows me to painlessly draw on my skin with just enough time to photograph the results. Even though I can direct this ephemeral response by drawing on it, the reaction is involuntary, much like the uncontrollable nature of a blush.”
These eerie, alluring, adolescent life-size dolls were created for the theater/performance pieces collaborated on by writer Dennis Cooper and Gisèle Vienne since 2004. As Cooper says, “We consider the dolls to be actors in our works almost on a par with the human performers, and, although the dolls aren’t credited individually in the works, they each have names and fictional biographies constructed by Gisele. These biographies are used to determine which roles might be suited to their ‘personalities’. Some of the dolls have been featured in multiple works, and several have played both male and female roles.”
Thomasin Durgin makes interesting conceptual jewelry, pushing beyond traditional ideas of what jewelry should look like, beauty and glamor, to explore intriguing and often weird concepts. Examples include this ring below, made out of a creepy porcelain doll head wrapped with copper wire.
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This is an amazing sleeve piece adorning Suzanne Gerber’s arm. The images are from works by the ero-guru (erotic grotesque) manga artist Suehiro Maruo, compiled and arranged by Suzanne. The tattoo artist is Piotrek Taton.
via Same Hat!
I’m not sure what this short film is about, but I quite like it. Therefore, I’m posting it. I also love the 1960s French song (France Gall’s “Ne dis pas aux copains”) featured in it.
via Juxtapoz on Facebook
This 12x12ft (144 square feet) cabin is the Innermost House, and is located in the mountains of Northern California. Comprising a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, a study, and a sleeping loft, it has no electricity; the owners, Diana Lorence and her husband, do all their cooking and heating with the fireplace, and use candles to light it. As Diana writes in her guest post over on the Tiny House Blog, [The Innermost House] faces directly south beneath an open porch that shelters our front door. A hill rises to the north behind us and the forest lies all around. The house encloses five distinct rooms: to the east is a living room eleven feet deep by seven feet wide by twelve feet high; to the west the house is divided into kitchen, study, and bathroom, each approximately five feet wide by three feet deep, with a sleeping loft above the three of them, accessible by a wooden ladder we store against the wall.
We do not have electricity or power of other kind, so we warm the cabin and cook our food and heat our water for bathing all over the fire.
It’s absolutely beautiful in my opinion.
Daikichi Amano is a photographer who creates beautiful, grotesque, and bizarre images involving female human subjects and squids, eels, bugs, and other conventionally “repulsive” creatures, which are a tad reminiscent of tentacle fetishism, and always interesting.