Tags: blood, bodily art, body art, body painting, creepy, dark, distorted bodies, eerie, emotive, evisceration, expressive, flour-white flesh, grotesque, hyperreal, insanity, macabre, psychological horror, realism, red, red and white, surreal, textured, tortured bodies, unnaturally colored flesh, visceral, wound
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.”
Karl Persson uses a glossy realism to depict horrific themes and evoke the un-plumbable depths of pain, madness, and misery.
Elsa Mora is an amazing and endlessly creative paper-cutting artist. With just sharp knives and scissors, she crafts evocative, entangling scenes (perfect for framing in shadowboxes), vignettes, and storytelling images of incredible detail out of paper, resonant with fairytale whimsy and deep emotion.
Tags: anatomical-themed, animals, blood, bugs, children, elsa mora, exposed anatomy, fairy tales, innocence, miniature, nature, paper-cutting, papercraft, red and white, sinister arts and crafts, unique rings, woods
Richard Stipl’s obscene, gory, and irreverent sculptures and installations are lifelike to the extreme, and revolve around subverted religious imagery and images of corrupted dignity. He also creates mixed media works, such as Pentagram (below).
Tags: bizarre, blood, death/religion/sex, distorted bodies, flour-white face, gory, installation art, realism, red and white, religious imagery, richard stipl, sculptures, unnaturally colored flesh, weird sculptures
Chris Conn Askew’s gorgeous illustrations, prominently featuring the color red, filled with cryptic symbols, remind me of so many different influences, ranging from Soviet propaganda, to Japanese prints, to fables, Art Nouveau, vintage posters, tattoo art, and the Victorian era.
In this series of ceramic sculptures, artist Jessica Harrison undermines and perverts the kitschy sentimentality of porcelain figurines by “breaking” them, casting a macabre twist on the familiar decorative art form. 19th-century ladies with vacantly blithe expressions hold their own severed, gory-edged head in their lap, gaily dangle their bloody eyeballs above them, and with fleshless, skeletal face recline daintily on a chaise longue. I would love to have these doll-sculptures in my home, they are such clever miniature subversions of prim and happy porcelain figurines, having a dimension of interest that the traditional harmlessly sweet figurines never possess.
Tags: blood, ceramics, conceptual, dolls, evisceration, exposed anatomy, figurines, gory, installation art, macabre, porcelain, sculptures, sinister arts and crafts, skeleton, victorian, weird sculptures
Visit Jenn Violetta on Flickr for more of her wonderful photography.
Tags: abuse, blood, bruises, children, colorful, emotive, flour-white face, hauntingly beautiful, horror photography, injuries, innocence, jenn violetta, medical-themed, military-themed, otherworldly photography, photomanipulation, political, surreal, trauma, violence
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