These beautiful images are from the book Alice, à travers le miroir, a French edition of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There illustrated by Lost Fish (see my previous post on her).
Tags: (twists on) traditional art, alice in wonderland, children, cute little girls, dollflesh, fragility, historically inspired, illustrations, innocence/menace, lolita-esque, lost fish, neo-victorian, pop surrealism, porcelain, precious, queens, red and white, surreal, sweet/melancholy
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
On Friday, February 4th, the Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, in collaboration with innovative ceramics company The New English, brings you an amazing and unique show, The Mad Potters Tea Party, the likes of which you’ve never seen.
The show features the work of over a hundred luminary artists in the contemporary art world, including Ray Caesar, David Stoupakis, Caitlin Hackett, Camilla d’Errico, Annie Bertram, Saturno Butto, and many more. Artists will present their own individual designs on plates, teacups, pots, and other ceramic items, turning these high-quality craft objects into one-of-a-kind and smashable pieces of art.
Awesome artist designs on ceramic-ware? Porcelain plates and fragile teacups dripping with quirky and decadent art? Sounds like an amazing combo. Everything I’ve seen so far promises a thrilling, delightful, and unique visual experience. “Cupcakes, tea, and magic” are also promised! The show will run until March 8th.
One of my favorite Christmas presents that I got this year round is the amazing three-piece set of miniature (3″) porcelain plates from Coilhouse’s shop, featuring art by Zoetica Ebb and typography design by Courtney Riot. Of course, I will never use these for any other purpose than to sit and look beautiful and adorn my home. Woe be to the cat of mine who might end up smashing them.
Pictures from Zoetica Ebb and Coilhouse.
My own crappy pictures after the cut:
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Kate MacDowell makes incredible works of art, akin to installation pieces, out of porcelain, a medium she chose for its “luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture.”
Detailed and realistic, these pieces make loud and piercing statements about the troubled relationship between man and the natural world, but remain elegant and delicate. They “borrow from myth” (one example is this piece, titled Persephone, which references the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades to the Underworld, in which she mistakenly eats the seeds of a pomegranate he offers to her, thus forcing her to spend a quarter of each year in the Underworld – in MacDowell’s vision, the pomegranate’s seeds are actually pills, tablets with a neat little line down the middle); other sources of inspiration include “art history, figures of speech, and other cultural touchstones.”
The pieces are visual metaphors, or illustrated “figures of speech,” such as a pair of lungs with canaries inside them, or a dead rabbit containing a human skeleton. In MacDowell’s world, man and nature are grafted to each other, repeatedly, in surreal and subtly horrific ways. As she explains, often “aspects of the human figure stand in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world.”
Check out her work below, and be amazed. More can be seen on her Website.
I blogged earlier about Marina Bychkova‘s doll creations. She sometimes tattoos her porcelain dolls with the most intricate and interesting designs. I’m just posting this, a doll leg painted as a vintage prosthetic, because it’s so cool.
This doll is based on the tragic literary figure Anna Karenina (if she had survived her ultimate suicide attempt with major damages to her body, consequently having to wear an orthopedic corset, arm brace, and prosthetic left leg). Images of the rest of the doll after the cut.
Marina Bychkova makes the most beautiful ball-jointed dolls. They are incredibly detailed, costumed, and decorated with body art. Made of porcelain rather than plastic, they are exquisite creations evocative of the melancholy side of fairy tales.
by Beccy Ridsel
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