Rebekah Bogard‘s cute, pink and white, rabbit-like ceramic sculpture creatures, arranged in installations, explore themes of gender, femininity, and sexuality. As Rebekah says in her artist statement on her Website, “I enjoy utilizing animals because they are beautiful and mysterious creatures, vulnerable to relations with humans. This susceptibility gives them a sense of benevolence that is often lacking in human associations….Some pieces look cute, sweet and innocent, but upon closer inspection, one realizes that the piece is conceptually more complicated. They may be read simultaneously as happy-go-lucky as well as melancholic and out of place. I blend the beautiful with the sad, fantasy with reality, idealism with truth as well as the sexual with the innocent.”
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Nataly Abramovitch AKA KuKula‘s new show, Lonely Opulent Things, opens today at the Corey Helford Gallery, with guest artist Natalie Shau. This Rococo-inspired new collection is bright with delicate, playful pastels redolent of Marie Antoinette’s exuberant era and features KuKula’s signature sweetness of style combined with melancholy and decadence, and themes of corrupted innocence. It is just so colorful!
Natalie Shau is a well-known artist within the world of gothic, cutesy/dark, Pop Surreal, Victorian-inspired art.
She is a Lithuanian digital artist who creates these beautiful, frail, porcelain-textured female figures hailing from the imaginary Victorian world, replete with distorted/exaggerated features, giant glassy eyes, milk-honey skin – a combination of glossy realism and unreality. They appear to be vulnerable, hurt, exploited, and dangerous, powerful, razor-edged at the same time.
Shau often uses herself as a subject for her works, and is gorgeous in her own right. She cites “religious imagery, fairytale illustrations, classic horror literature, and classic Russian literature” as some of her inspirations.
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