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Blood E

Here is a small selection of photographs with an evocative use of blood and the human body. While technically the final image may not have blood in it, the red colouring of the flowers and the way the flowers are bleeding themselves, ties this image in with the others. It’s a fascinating photograph and one you could get lost in. So do.

Interestingly, all these photographers first names start with the letter E. (Hence the journalistic pun for the article name. Forgive me).

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Evelyn Bencicova

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Move Monday: Games for Girls

Today’s Move Monday is a video clip for the song Games for Girls by Say Lou Lou x Lindstrøm. Stylish, stunning twin sisters make up Say Lou Lou and I wanted to showcase them as much for their 70s vibe as their music and playful video clip.

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Life should always have room for fun. Enjoy this clip below xx

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Move Monday: Woke up as a Wolf

Today’s Move Monday is a video clip for the song Woke up as a Wolf by ZaZaZoZo. These guys are really fun and interesting. I enjoy the video and love the song too – catchy and cool. After watching this clip I recommend taking a look on their website, which looks full of creativity and inspiration. Enjoy!

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Move Monday: Tongue Tied

It’s Miley on Monday, with the assistance of surrealist artist and filmmaker, Quentin Jones. I love the track that goes with these fun and sensual images. The black and white palette works to enhance the bondage aspects of the piece which is visually interesting and unique. As debatable as Miley has been in the past year, I love that she doesn’t put herself under the male gaze. Her body and sexuality is always connected to her, and her personality and agency is apparent. There is nothing better than seeing women collaborate to make art that isn’t afraid of sexuality and is above aiming to please the male gaze. I hope you enjoy this video.

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Move Monday: Animals

For today’s Move Monday I have chosen the song ‘Animals’ by The GOASTT (Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) which comprises of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. I have to say these guys are one dreamy couple, and this psychedelic take on the 60s cult vibe is pretty awesome. With some really lovely imagery accompanied by an enjoyable tune, this might help you handle Monday a little better!

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Den of Foxes

I really enjoy this piece by Mandy Tsung. It is a little bit different to other work of hers that I have shared in that there is quite a complex background and story going on, but what really makes the piece stand out to me is how well the wood grain works as the wall. Amazing. In terms of subject, the woman is empowered in her sexuality which is always great to see. How she holds the fox tail reflects the ease with which women can gain control over men (shown as a butler here, a literal servant) by using one’s sexuality. A good, interesting piece to wrap up the week. Enjoy.

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Parker Fitzgerald

Dreamy, fantastical photography is what you can expect from the talented Parker Fitzgerald. Femininity and nature are always a winning combination as I find women are often heightened and empowered in these surroundings. I’m in love and will have to share more with you later! For now, here’s a few pieces to whet your appetite. Enjoy xx

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In the Studio

I love Charmaine Olivia, not only for her amazing artwork, but also for the enigmatic energy she radiates. This is why I love seeing the environment she works in to create her amazing artwork. Her studio is to die for and I can only imagine being surrounded by so many pieces of beauty. A beauty herself, Charmaine isn’t afraid to get in front of the camera and has even released a new ‘Lifestyle’ range that includes signed photographs that focus on Charmaine in her home environment. Take a peek below.

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In other Charmaine-related news, limited edition prints of ‘Honeybee’ (pictured immediately below) are now available for sale. I also took a fancy to two other pieces when browsing her prints and wanted to share them too. Amazing work from a beautiful woman (inside and out). Oh, and they are really reasonable too! Enjoy. x

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Joseph Martinez – Miniatures

I found the work of Joseph Martinez and was blown away. I love how people can work in such small spaces to create breathtaking art. A while back I showcased, Elsa Isabella and her paper dolls (teeny, tiny pin ups in charcoal) and when I saw this work by Martinez I couldn’t help but compare the two. Not that I want to compare and contrast anything. Just I suppose they remind me of each other – wondrous small-scale beauty. I love the use of the matchbox. Clearly we can understand the scale of image by our knowledge of matchboxes, and there is something vintage and nostalgic about having the actual matches there. I reminder of our past, teamed up with contemporary women in art. The frailty of it all is quite outstanding.

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Mandy Tsung

Mandy Tsung produces really wonderful work that focuses around women. I love her style and how intriguing her work is. There is something great about work on wood panels, and can’t help but connect this to the amazing Audrey Kawasaki. I do see similarities in their work, but Tsung certainly has her own, developed style.

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Scarves

Conrad Roset has featured on here a few times before, but never in relation to clothing. These are his recent scarves that use his artwork to create visually stunning pieces. This style of art is different to some of his prior work I have showcased, and I find this style to be more original. Created for the Thai fashion house, Labyrinth, I think they are pretty great and perhaps a good investment as Roset continues to do strong work with important clients. You can find them for sale here as well as scarves by other artists.

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Nishe

I found the photography of Nishe and was quickly in love with the beauty of it. Soft, feminine focus and dreamy subject matter make for stunning images that I would happily display on my walls. Her website has a great selection of work, as well as deals on prints and links to other web presence. I selected some images I quite like, but as you can imagine it was hard to limit it to just a few.

Photography can be so amazing and capture the essence of a painting which is quite unreal. Nishe’s work certainly delivers on this while also evoking great wonder and beauty. I hope to find more photographers like her. So do let me know if you know any similar by leaving a comment. I would love to showcase more photography in this style.

For now, enjoy these delightful images and get carried away in the beauty.

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She Sleeps with the Fishes

This is my first blog collaboration with the talented and lovely Sonia Sly, from Sly on the Wall. 

What we are aiming to do is bounce creative ideas off one another to create posts that fit under the same title or theme and showcase our own take on the subject, dependent on personal style, mood or favourite form of aesthetics. For this post Sonia chose the title ‘She Sleeps with the Fishes’ and was inspired by a recent photographic outing as well as some memories. After hearing the title I immediately knew a few artists with water or fish aspects I would have to share. I have done a few water / sea related posts in the past, so it was a little challenging to find new pieces rather than the classic wonders I have already showcased. But it is always great to go fishing (great pun, right?) for images and rediscover old favourites as well as new, fresh artists and images.

Enjoy my take on ‘She Sleeps with the Fishes’.

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Audrey and Kelly have recurring themes of water wonderlands in their art, while Courtney and Rohan just happened to have captured this fishy fantasy in their trademark styles. For fitting the title I have to say that Rohan Daniel Eason’s piece pretty much matches perfectly (a woman in bed with a magic floating fish – rather ideal). But for a more sensual connection to the overall vibe the title evokes in me I would have to go with Audrey Kawasaki. Her women are so wonderful and really own any environment they are in, water or otherwise.

To see Sonia Sly’s take on the title, visit her post here. I haven’t even seen it yet, so I am excited to see how similar (or how different) our takes on ‘She Sleeps with the Fishes’ are. I’m looking forward to more collaborations and exchanges of ideas and images with Sonia. Make sure to connect with her via FB or her blogor keep visiting here for our collaborations and links.

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Bernhard Handick

Loving the photography and mixed-media collage from Bernhard Handick. His work is interesting and sensual, and just what I feel like looking at today. Hopefully you enjoy it too! One piece reminds me of an image by Richard Prince that I shared a while back, see if you can find the connection x

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Rod Luff

I’m loving the amazing, vibrant work of Sydney-based artist, Rod Luff. Beauty dominates these pieces, alongside neon colour and whimsical animals. What more could you want to liven up your Monday? Enjoy these lovely pieces, and see more at his Facebook or Tumblr pages.

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Saidov Aydemir

Saidov Aydemir is a Russian artist who creates some truly dreamy, wonderful pieces. I love his paintings of women, but he also does a pretty awesome job with landscapes and still life. His work is realistic and romantic. It takes me back to an older time. In some ways I would connect his work to Charmaine Olivia – both use realism and focus on the faces and get more gestural around the edges and backgrounds of the images. His first piece shown here is the most like Charmaine in style – but isn’t solely his style, as you will see as you scroll down. Charmaine is more modern than Saidov, but both artists are really refreshing in their quest for true beauty and romanticism. Here is a collection of pieces by Saidov Aydemir that I thought were worth sharing.

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This vs. That: Round Thirteen

Time for this months This vs. That. For the month of October I look at some fun, fantasy pieces (from Olga Noes and Zan Von Zed) that both integrate their women into their fantasy environments to perfection!  Check out Round Thirteen: Kingdoms to see these images in full, and hear my thoughts on who delivers the best piece. I loved both these pieces, and had an unusual outcome today. To find out what, and to enjoy the read, click here.

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Miss Van Clothing

Miss Van is an intriguing and wonderful artist. She creates rather unusual and out-there pieces which are flirty, fun and provoking. I recently discovered that she has teamed up with Limbo Family Studio to create some fantastic clothes that transform her designs to fabric. These pieces would be a blast to wear, making you feel artistic and elegant at the same time. I’m quite a fan.

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Featured Artist: Elisa Boccedi

Here’s the second Featured Artist for the year – Elisa Boccedi.

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Elisa is an Italian artist whose work is distinctive and captivating. Elisa has her own style, but each piece (accompanied by intriguing titles) tells its own story. Elisa actually got in touch with me, so I figured her initiative deserved a little more than just my opinions on her work. I decided to ask Elisa a few questions to help me and my readers get to know her a little better.

In five words describe:

Your art – Disquieting, sensual, bloody, wicked and phony (I took the last two adjectives from negatives, from a comment I once received, which sort of enlightened me more than many other (positive) appreciations I have received)

Yourself – Cerebrally hyperactive, curious, provocative, reserved but with a very short fuse

The World – Truly surprising, endlessly morphing, contradictory, grotesque, all in all undefinable

What about art is important to you?

First thing: the fact is art is both an addiction and a salvation. It’s my centre, my everything, what prevents me from psychological derangement. The best, soothing way to get in contact with things and to filter them, giving them a sense which is – obviously – only an interpretation, but which makes them seem less confused and less confusing.

Being from Italy, what makes Italian art unique?

This question takes me aback, since I’ve never thought my art to be clearly recognizable as Italian. I’ve never been bothered with considering it unique, either. To quote “the mysterious stranger” from the exquisite “Mark Twain’s travels” stop-motion movie: “It comes natural to me, like many other curious things”. And that’s true. Maybe my artwork is unique (if it is really so) for the great emotional charge it’s imbued with, and for all the unconscious fragmented perceptions and semi-digested notions I tend to interpolate it with.

Do you believe your art is influenced by your culture?

Most probably not directly, but through a process of rejection and denial of many of its aspects. I never felt like I fitted in somehow, and also in regards to the italian “prototype”. I do love culture in every and each of its form and manifestations, but as for how it’s regarded and treated here in Italy, it’s no use. We’re surrounded by culture and art but simply don’t care. And most of the time the “human environment” you grow up counts more than the historical and cultural ones. Especially if these two are plainly overridden.

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If you were an animal, what would you be an why?

I wish I could say a tarantula, or some very big and hairy spider, but I’m afraid I’m not devious and cold-blooded enough. Probably a hairless sphinx cat, or an eye-eye (it’s a very rare, very ugly lemur with a spindly, creepy middle finger biologically developed to hook larvas out of the trees where they’re buried). Something very weird, although oddly cute, and peculiar, to cut it short.

Do you believe in Astrology? If so, what sign are you? Do you feel you relate to your star sign in any way?

I am pretty fond of astrology, and this is also a reason my friends to mock me, actually. Does it show so much from my artwork too? (lol, just kidding). Well, I’m supposed to be a cuspid, half Aries and half Taurus, but I personally feel much more in line with the first sign of the Zodiac than with the second one. Nonetheless, I believe I resent pretty heavily from my neurotic and oversensitive ascendant in Cancer.

What is your favourite line from a poem, book or movie?

I have so many it is impossible to pin out only one, so out of the blue. However, the first quotation to cross my mind when I read the question was one taken from the Diaries of a great Rumanian thinker, E. Cioran: ” I’m made of all the things that flee from me”

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To see more of Elisa’s work visit her website where she showcases a range of work and styles, as well as merchandise.

* English is Elisa’s second language.

* The Greeks named the planet Mars after Ares, the Greek god of war, since it shines with a red color, resembling blood, which is appropriate for the god of War. Hence the name Aries for the Zodiac sign which is ruled by Mars. (I find this quite present in Elisa’s work, do you agree?)

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Erotica

I love Juxtapoz Magazine’s website. It has so much to offer, and following on Facebook and Twitter keeps you up to date with new artists and artworks. One section that I find quite interesting is the Erotica tab. As you can imagine, it showcases art that has some erotic element. But don’t be too offended prudish people, because the section isn’t as sexual as you might imagine. Rather, pieces have strong sensuality or offer provocative women in a rather subtle way. Of course, some pieces are a bit more out there, but I find this is often connected to culture which is an interesting way to explore erotic art. If you have some spare time, I would recommend going to have a nosey at http://www.juxtapoz.com/ and browsing the Erotica SectionIn case you’re not entirely convinced, I have collected a few artists that I discovered there.

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A little naughty.

This series by Richard Prince takes black and white photographs of an erotic nature and simply adds CD/DVD labels from famous albums or movies. Each label adds a new context to the image and also works to cover up certain naughty bits. I like the really raw aspect to the pieces, especially when they have hand drawn numbers or details on the edges. Prince also uses self-control when choosing what labels to the add to the images. I can imagine it would be easy to go towards more overt titles that would either be ironic or too literal. Prince shows restraint making the pieces interesting and engaging rather than making them seem like porn titles.

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What do you think? Do you like these pieces? Can you think of better titles that you may have used? As always, feel free to let me know. I love comments xx

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Horyon Lee

Here’s something a little sensual for your Sunday. Work is by Korean artist, Horyon Lee. They are all paintings that mimic double exposure photography to create something a little flirty and seductive. The movement through use of clothing really brings certain pieces to life. I like the concept and love the execution. I have selected a few of my favourites here, but to see more of her work (which goes a little Korean at some points) visit her website and have a nosey. Happy Sunday everyone! (We have had snow and rain for the last week and today it is actually kinda sunny – the name fits!)

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This vs. That: Round Nine

It’s time for Round Nine of This vs. ThatThis month I look at two pieces by Jen Mann. The catch is, that the pieces are actually only one piece (!?). Well, not exactly, but I look at how she has edited an existing piece of hers to make a new piece. Photography, luckily, allows us to see the before and after to which I comment on. Have a read over Round Nine: Visibility and let me know what piece you prefer. Did Jen Mann make the work better? Or should she have left it alone? Or, perhaps it could still be worked on? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Egon Vs Conrad

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I love Egon Schiele. His work is raw and wonderful. Twisted bodies, decaying bodies, erotic bodies. Some artists have an innate ability with line work, creating effortless, organic pieces. Schiele was no exception. I’m sure a lot of artists are inspired by him (and his mentor Gustav Klimt) and can’t help but want to do their own studies in Schiele style. Previously, I have connected some pieces by New Zealand artist, Kelly Thompson, with some of Schiele’s nude adolescents. You can refresh yourself with my musings here. And now I recently discovered Spanish artist, Conrad Roset, who draws strong influence from Schiele. I have gathered a few pieces in which I see connections. Arguably, Roset does not have the erotic similarities of Schiele, but his style (especially the thick paint outlining the figures) is definitely a match.

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If you want to read more on Egon Schiele, I found an interesting article here.

This vs. That: Round Eight

Round Eight of This vs. That is up. This month I look at representations of Skulls in the work of Kelly Durette and Florian Meacci. Be sure to check out my analysis and debate to see who I decided was this months winner.

I’m also trying to update my blog a bit, so you will notice my new way of promoting This vs. That! Way more visual, and a little bit more exciting. But do make sure to have a read over Round Eight: Skulls and let me know what you think – and what you think of  my new way of promoting This vs. That. As you know, it’s always great to hear your awesome feedback!

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Charmaine Olivia

In my last Visual Female of the Month, the lovely Wesley Bird mentioned that she had a few art pieces in her room by Charmaine Olivia. I hadn’t heard of this artist, so promptly got onto some googling and found a big selection of her work. Olivia’s art is very sensual and feminine, using women as her subject matter very frequently. Within her art she has a range in style – from thought-out perfection, to organic illustrations. I like both, so here are a few of my favourites. Make sure to check out her website for a more comprehensive selection.

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Visual Text

Sometimes text is added to an art piece to give it that extra oomph or meaning. Whether it is through song lyrics or a message to make a piece more political, the addition of text can be quite effective. Merging the lines between art and graphic design, here are a few pieces that I think successfully incorporate text and image. Enjoy xx

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Wolf & Woman

I have a painting I did a while ago that just never felt finished. I decided that it needed a big black wolf or panther in the frame next to the woman. I thought this would add some kind of sinister element, as right now it just feels a bit bland. Like all true creatives, the painting is still sitting there with no additions. But, in the spirit of pretending like I am thinking about getting started, here are some images that have both woman and wolf. Research, shall we say? Surprisingly, they don’t have as much of a sinister vibe as I was expecting. Enjoy, and one day I will show you my wolf and woman attempt.

** This first piece is by the talented Elsa Isabella. To see her wonderful paper dolls (be intrigued) visit this post about her.

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I also found this image below which has both wolves and a black panther. Funny, as I was tossing up between which one to use originally. I think the wolf, but maybe the panther has a stronger sense of evil? I do like the three wolves here as they make me think of witches that have morphing ability. What would you advise? Is the panther perhaps a better choice? Or is it a little predictable with the feline association. I’d love some thoughts before I get started.

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Under the Sea

I felt like sharing quite a few images today, so here is an aquatic themed selection to quench your thirst. They are quite different but all connect through their reference to the ocean. I love how many ways a person can portray water – with extreme realism or with an abstract suggestion. I love this first piece by Kelly McKernan, who has quite a few water themed pieces you should check out on her website. Water and women seem to go together quite nicely. Perhaps it is the mermaid or siren idea that allows an easy way to connect the two, or simply the notion that water is feminine. Either way, I find that the combination can create a mysterious yet almost sinister essence. Do you agree?

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Irony

Barbie is an iconic figure that seems to cast debate around the ideals of what a woman should look like. We all know that her proportions are, in-fact, impossible to achieve in real life (unless one gets extreme surgery). But is it really such a big deal? My mum can have some feminist tendencies, and growing up was not all too keen on me having barbies. However, at some point I acquired a few (to which I mainly played hairdresser – with devastating results) and sincerely believe they did me no harm. As a child, I never recall thinking about her figure or whether I desired to look like that when I grew up. She never made me want to dye my hair blonde or wish I was tanned. But, perhaps that was just me. Because somewhere along the line a lot of people started hating poor old Barbie, which leads me to these three pieces of art shown below.

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I’m not sure who the artist is, but they are clearly juxtaposing the ideas of plastic and flesh. The plastic doll-ness is made clear through Barbie’s recognisable face and the unnatural, but distinctive, Barbie joints. The general painting style is not overly refined, in that the paint work is very visible. One might think that a glossy, sheeny ‘perfect’ finish might be more appropriate, but the point seems not to be to realistically portray Barbie. Instead, we have a mutilated portrayal of Barbie, made blissful by the sheer fact of its own impossibility.  Barbie is plastic and we know that when we harm plastic we will not reveal muscle and bone and organs. And yet, here, we have this exact effect. The artist refuses to go into too much detail of the inside(s) of Barbie but simply uses painterly looseness to suggest such a thing. I think this works perfectly as it leaves a raw, confrontational nature to the pieces. I would argue that had we had the ‘glossy’ Barbie I spoke of earlier that the whole nature would move into a pop art, dark humor type genre and be more of a light-hearted laugh than a serious and somewhat disturbing series. Can we really feel for what we know is an inanimate plastic clone when shown to have been brutally murdered? Are these pieces just simple irony? Or are they (almost predictably) challenging ideals of beauty and ‘fakeness’? To me, I get a more sombre vibe. The irony for me is that we can feel sadness for the destruction of something that could never feel to begin with. What do you think? What is it that you see in these pieces?

Sexy Zombies??

I found these images which are really quite stunning.  They did, however, make me think of zombies, especially the bottom one.  Or perhaps not so much zombies but zombie victims – flesh and muscle ready for the eating.  Like they are exposing themselves in a sad acceptance of their fate.

It then got me thinking about zombie artwork – whether there is any, and what it is like.  I did some googling and made this small collection, showing a progression from subtle zombie feeling to full on zombie woman.

There’s certainly something about the pin-up style zombie.  I’m not sure if it’s creepy or just funny.  But whether a zombie can be sexy I’m not too sure.

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