Amsterdam-based artist Danny van Ryswyk creates strange, surreal artwork that evokes a sense of eerie melancholy, Victorian portraiture, and monstrous absurdity, using 3D technology.
I love photographer Mary Kuzmenkova’s flower headdress series, unnaturally-enlarged-doe-eyed portraits that are playful, sad, and moving, by turns. Below are some more examples of her work – I especially love the tenderness that she captures in her subjects, and I feel as if her work represents the zeitgeist of our age in some way, at least some part of it – a nameless, languid yearning.
Irina Ionesco is a French-Romanian photographer who began exhibiting her work in the mid-1970s. Her photography is dark, dramatic, erotic, and strongly evocative of a vintage aesthetic. I see lots and lots of influence from the 1920s – from the lavishly ornamental tendency in portraits from that period, where female subjects are arranged in feathers, furs, headdresses, high heels, and assorted paraphernalia, along with the era’s makeup, and the overall “sexy/macabre” vibe and vampish aesthetic of the ’20s.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding Ionesco’s nudes with her young daughter as the model. More on that below.
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