Tag Archive | sexuality

Tadas Sidlauskas

Lithuanian oil-painter, Tadas Sidlauskas, uses colour, ornamentation, abstract shapes and human figures to bring strong emotion into his paintings. I especially like these three pieces from his portfolio, mainly the use of primary colours in these first two images and the Klimt influence in the final image. To see more visit his website.

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Elizabeth Yoo x Alain Robbe-Grillet

What do you get when you cross one masterful filmmaker with another masterful artist? You get more art, of course! I recently chatted to the talented creative, Elizabeth Yoo, about her recent work that uses the erotic cinema of Alain Robbe-Grillet as muse. Yoo’s expressive artwork is a treat on its own but, incase you are yet to meet, let me introduce you to Robbe-Grillet in the clip below. Yoo’s interview and artwork follows.

Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about your series of paintings based on the films of Alain Robbe-Grillet. I’ve actually never seen his films, as embarrassing as it is to say, but I’ll definitely be checking them out soon. 

It was the first series I’d ever done and it was also the first time I’d picked up a paintbrush in several years. But I guess I needed that long hiatus from making art in order for me to expand my frame of reference, collect my inspirations, see what my true interests really were. This series was kind of a rebirth for me. Through painting my interpretations of these scenes from the first four films Robbe-Grillet directed (L’Immortelle, Trans-Europ-Express, The Man Who Lies, Eden and After), I was coming into my own. I felt like I was finally freed from inhibitions. These paintings are not just scenes from films—I also see them as self-portraits. They communicate my own desires. Although more widely known as a writer, pioneer of the nouveau roman (“new novel”), and a screenwriter, his films deserve to have a wider audience. I’m drawn to the ambiguity of his films– the line between reality and fantasy is indistinguishable. And of course, I’m drawn to the sadomasochistic eroticism and this desire mixed with fear present in most of his films.

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What about sexuality in art do you find appealing? Who are artists that you feel perfect the art of eroticism? I’ve always loved Egon Schiele and you can find newcomer Kaethe Butcher on most erotic art sites, she’s taking the world by storm.

Egon Schiele is definitely one of my favourite artists. His aggressive, expressionistic style heightens the eroticism of his paintings. The angular bodies, the bones jutting out, pale skin marked by bright spots of red or blue that look like smears, eyes looking directly at the viewer, intertwined lovers: you really feel the energy. Another favorite painter of mine is Balthus, whose style is kind of the opposite of Schiele—there’s a calmness and a stillness to the figures in his paintings. There are defined, domestic backgrounds unlike Schiele’s work which has all this negative space. Kaethe Butcher is fantastic. Her style is incredibly provocative and I love the way she incorporates text into her drawings.

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You use a limited colour palate in your work, does this act as a vehicle to explore darker undertones in your subjects? Or is it purely an aesthetic/style preference? 

I think I express myself better in black and white than in colour. Black is the colour of nighttime and sensuality—perfect for my subject matter. I don’t have to think as much when using only black paint and ink—I can transmit all my raw emotions onto the paper without hesitation or forethought; spontaneity is key in my work. When I use colour, I’m usually drawn to bright, primary colours– but I worry if the colours will work together. Sometimes the cheerful colours contrast with my dark themes— I like that disparity.

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Eros And After: Pleasure & Pain in the Films of Alain Robbe-Grillet was your first solo exhibition. How did you find the process? Was selecting the final work for display difficult or are you a total planner? How did outcomes meet expectations? 

Originally, I was going to paint scenes from several more of his films. But due to lack of time, I ended up only doing his first four films—and I like that limited focus. I’m happy with how I ended up with twenty paintings. The perfect symmetry: we hung ten paintings from the ceiling on one side and ten on the other. I tend to over-plan and since it was my first show, a lot of stress was definitely involved! But I was very happy to see that people who came to my exhibit understood the work and saw how powerful and in control of their sexuality the women in the paintings are.

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Your second exhibition is underway as I write this. How does this compare with your first exhibition? 

The audience is very different and the way in which my paintings were exhibited is also very different. The walls of the gallery at my second exhibition are coloured (blue, orange, and magenta) so I feel like that becomes part of the artworks and changes how they look, which is interesting. At my first exhibit at Holyrad Studio in Brooklyn, we showed one of Robbe-Grillet’s films during the reception—so the audience (mostly twenty-something year olds) got a really full experience. At my second exhibit at Home Art Gallery in Long Island– it’s a suburban area and it’s an area with people of all ages, so the reaction was a bit different. Most of the Robbe-Grillet paintings were shown, as well as other artworks of mine with thematic and stylistic similarities. Most of the people at both exhibits had never seen a Robbe-Grillet film—so it was a pleasure for me to introduce them! I was able to meet Robbe-Grillet’s widow (and a very famous dominatrix in France) Catherine Robbe-Grillet twice shortly after my show and she told me I was “converting” people into “Alain fans”—so my work was done!

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How important do you think exhibiting work is as an artist, especially given the plethora of online spaces art can be showcased these days?

I think it’s extremely important because you don’t get a real sense of the size, texture, and detail in a work of art unless you see it in person. I like to stand for a long time in front of an artwork when I’m at a gallery because I try to see the artist’s process: the brushstrokes they made, how many layers of paint they used, etc. It’s a totally different experience, too, seeing an entire series or a body of work in a gallery—you’re totally in that artist’s world and there’s almost a private communion between you and the artworks. Online,you may get a more scattered, incomplete experience.

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You obviously love film. Can you recommend five films and/or directors to us? 

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Trans-Europ-Express (which I screened at my first show) is very playful and sexy—about a film-within-a-film. A director (played by Alain Robbe-Grillet himself), a script supervisor (played by his wife Catherine), and a producer, riding the Trans-Europ-Express from Paris to Antwerp, discuss ideas for a crime movie about a man who will travel on the same train they are on. This character, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, smuggles cocaine into Antwerp and becomes involved with a prostitute played by Marie-France Pisier. The two have daytime trysts involving sadomasochisticplay that eventually become fatal.

Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï. Melville is my absolute favourite director—a Frenchman who loved American gangster films and film noir, like me—this film stars my favourite actor Alain Delon playing a quiet hit man who follows the code of a samurai.

Roger Vadim’s Barbarella: Jane Fonda in some of the sexiest costumes ever. I adore her combination of innocence and total lack of shame about her sexuality. Campy fun. Shirley Clarke’s The Connection. I worked with director Immy Humes on an upcoming documentary about Shirley, who was an independent filmmaking rebel. My favourite film of Clarke’s is about a group of jazz musicians jamming in this Greenwich Village apartment as they wait for their drug dealer to come. A documentary film crew shoots them and it raises all sorts of questions about “realism.”

Agnès Varda’s Le Bonheur—absolutely beautiful, colourful film about a happily married couple, which takes a devastating turn after the man cheats on his wife. I really love the disparity between the colours and this dark undercurrent.

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From your website I can see you are a total all-rounder when it comes to creativity! I love this. I also dabble in many art/creation forms. I’ve often felt the pressure to pick one art-form to focus on and excel in. Can you relate to similar concepts? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by having such an active mind? 

I often do feel very overwhelmed! I have terrible insomnia due to my overactive mind. I often do most of my work into the night because I have no sense of time passing. My other passion besides painting is writing. I write very dark, twisted noir stories, psychological thrillers—a bit like Patricia Highsmith—and stories that fuse eroticism with horror. Once I am completely happy with my stories (I’m too much of a perfectionist which is why it takes me so long to complete a story!) I will eventually post them on my website with an illustration to accompany each story. My goal is to find a way to link my love of visual art with my writing.

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See more of Elizabeth’s work on her website.

Beth Hoeckel

I’m loving these fun, feminine collages by Beth Hoeckel. Each piece connects femininity and sexuality with everyday objects like waffles and plants to create super powerful imagery with an understated connection to the goddess. Oh yeah, what more could you want? Plus, you can grab them for under $20. Links below each image. Peace and love x

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Frances Sousa

Toronto-based artist, Frances Sousa, has many talents. Her diverse portfolio showcases a range of art styles and mediums ranging from photography to paint to wool (yes, stitching). Dreamy colour palettes and feminine energy present across her portfolio. Here are a few pieces I really liked, but to see more go here.

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Genital Panic

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Valie Export’s photograph Action Pants: Genital Panic shows her sitting with genitals exposed while pointing a gun at the viewer. Export’s work draws attention to the ideas of phallic power and whether it truly comes from biology or can be attained otherwise. Export showcases her lack of penis by exposing her own vagina but reclaims the gun as her phallic object and power. It was rumoured that this photograph came after a live performance, where Export walked around people seated in a theatre, her vagina at their eye-level, and pointed a gun at them while offering sex until the theatre was empty. This imagery reminds me of the film Magic, Magic where, post-hypnotism, the female protagonist walks into the room of a man who has been sexually harassing her (verbally) and rubs her naked vagina in his face, all while being asleep. The woman has no recollection of events the next day and appears mortified when the man confronts her about it. This scene acts to remind us that such overt sexuality is not ‘acceptable’ in a woman with both male anger and female humiliation driving this. Export’s photograph works in the opposite way, purposefully pairing femininity with macho aggression (common in a lot of her work) to blur set gender boundaries.

Performance artist and photographer, Claire Doyle, recently paid homage to Export’s work in her performance piece Habitual Body Monitoring: The Costume. Doyle draws attention to female body hair through her performance which you can watch above. The acceptance and freedom of female body hair has been gaining support in recent years with other artists like Petra Collins and Rhiannon Scnhiederman springing to mind.

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April – Marta Julia Piórko

Visual Female of the Month for April is the amazingly talented Marta Julia Piórko. Marta’s art is really fascinating. Her realistic style showcases animals and humans, sometimes interacting in interesting ways, and allows us to remember our own creativity as humans. You can check out the interview here.

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Elleree Fletcher

Elleree Fletcher is a multi-faceted artist who works in paint, photography and collage. I was instantly drawn to her collages that pair young girls with older women to expose sexuality, femininity and the notion of influence. During my university days I studied subjects like the objectification of women in media and how society is so influenced by what we are exposed to, visually and otherwise. My sister, who has such a strong sense of self, still struggles to fully understand that people really could be so influenced by the media. I certainly remember striking poses as a young girl and wanting to be glamorous. In many ways it seems cute and innocent, but when Fletcher pairs these images with sexually-driven photographs from another era, innocence is lost and the more sinister nature is exposed. Now we see girls in training, smiling and striking a pose for the man behind the camera. A father who will one day be replaced by boyfriend, then husband – men forever infatuated with the female shell, intent on restricting it under the male gaze.

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Weapon

Liv Thurleys artwork, Weapon, is to die for… and almost in the literal sense. When I first saw this image I wasn’t aware of the materials used and just thought they were gimmicky underwear with rubber bristles sticking out to represent pubic hair. I thought this was pretty cool and how funny it would be to flash people when wearing these knickers. Upon research and discovering the wonderful Liv Thurley, I was pretty happy to discover that these were hundreds (?) of tiny pins – sharp end sticking out. Thus the title, Weapon, becomes even more true. As a woman, I know that vaginas are very much weapons – commonly used against us, but also able to be used by women as personal power and influence. Thurley explains she overheard a group of boys talking about how they would never sleep with a woman if she had pubic hair. Soon after, this brutal creation was formed.

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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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Prue Stent

Photography student, Prue Stent, is pretty much amazing. Her latest series, Pink, explores what it means to be a woman through questioning contemporary beauty standards. Women, body parts and other objects are used, along with the beautiful colour pink. Her work is truly captivating and Stent explores her subject matter with perfection. Here are a few snaps that I adore, but to see the rest, plus her other outstanding series, then visit her website for all that goodness. Enjoy! x

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This vs. That: Round Twenty

Oh my, This vs. That has hit twenty! That’s a lot of ermming and ahhing and analysis. This time I am looking at two striking images with the connection of fringes and actually quite a lot more. Mario Sughi takes on former Visual Female of the Month, Kaethe Butcher in a sexy showdown. To see this battle take place all you need to do is click this swanky little link. It might just change your life (unlikely, but you never know!)

Check out Round Twenty: Fringes here.

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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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Self-Centred

It has been a while between posts, but I’m using my 26th birthday as an excuse. The celebrations kicked off on Saturday with a birthday brunch with my family, followed by a sunny day with friends and bubbles. For my actual birthday on Monday  I had a combination of work, short-story editing, beer, amazing food, more bubbles and great company. Considering it has been all about me, I thought I would showcase some of my artwork this week. It’s been a while since I’ve showcased my personal work so here’s a look at a range of my more recent work. To see more you can check out my website or follow me on Facebook for regular updates. That would make me happy. Peace and Love 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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In Nature

Brett Manning is an American artist with a diverse portfolio. I originally discovered her illustrations and through following her on social media was fortunate enough to see these stunning photographs. I love the vibe of the work, very feminine and empowered with a touch of witch energy (which works with Brett being a Scorpio – born on spooky Halloween in fact). A lot of her artwork makes reference to this, with cats, ghosts, witches and broomsticks scattered throughout rather lightly toned illustrations. You will also find ufos, aliens and cakes. The result is fun, quirky artwork with a little mystery and intrigue. However, with Brett’s photography, there is a darker, more feminine and powerful energy. Do check out her portfolio to see all her amazing work.

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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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Milan Nenezic

Milan Nenezic is a fantastic, realistic painter. I love the colours in this image which is part of a series that captures moments often ignored in art. This one, called ‘The Moment After’, exudes a safe serenity and a heightened sensuality post intimacy. Evocative and emotional, Nenezic creates some truly fascinating paintings well worth exploring.

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Here are a few more images from this series that I particularly like.

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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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Dark

Here’s a quick curation of five images that work beautifully with each other. They are all a little dark and mysterious as well as being utterly feminine. In order: Ellen Rogers, Feline ZegersPaulina Otylie SurysMira Nedyalkova and Sam Weber.

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Move Monday: Pussy Power

I love Petra Collins. Oh my god. Almost everything she does seems rather perfect to me. At only 21 I am impressed and inspired. Unapologetic in her feminism, Petra is getting noticed for who she is and the art she creates. Her recent t-shirt for American Apparel created some attention (keywords: vagina, masturbation, menstruation) but even more fascinating was the response to an image she posted on Instagram. Reported and banned, the image was of Petra wearing underwear which happened to reveal pubic hair. Despite bikini clad women swarming the internet, the fact Petra was not groomed to society’s standards caused the image to be deemed offensive. Censorship at its baddest. You can see the image and read Petra’s essay on the matter Censorship and The Female Body

For Move Monday, however, I have chosen a short video by Petra (with the help of the hilarious Karley Sciortino of Slutever) titled ‘Pussy Power’. Quite fitting in name, the video is a visual treat that allows our minds to do what they should and think.

The YouTube intro reads:

It is the year 2020 and women have lost the right to their bodies completely.In this tale of sweet revenge, a cult of courageous women go to extremes to take back what is rightfully theirs.

P.S. Isn’t the music by Prince Innocence amazing?

 

Move Monday: Lulu vs. Gaga

I found this mash-up on YouTube and was pretty impressed. I’m not always a fan of Lady Gaga’s music and had never heard this song before, but it is pretty catchy and the lyrics work well with the images of Lulu (Louise Brooks) from Pandora’s Box (Pabst, 1929). As you probably know, I love Louise Brooks. She is so captivating and enigmatic in a photograph and is even better in motion. For me, Brooks epitomises the Scorpio actor/actress. So much charisma, emotion and sincerity. Consider what your mind goes to when it thinks ‘black and white movie’ and then compare that with the fluid images you are about to see. A pity she wasn’t allowed to do more (cut out when the ‘talkies’ arrived), but such a privilege to be able to see her move, smile and shine as our cheeky yet passionate Lulu.

Enjoy xx

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Anya Brock

Anya Brock creates amazing art and has a huge portfolio of work to choose from! I really love her ‘Painted Girls’ so these are what I am showcasing today. The Australian artist not only paints beautiful women but fun birds and animals. Australia has a lot of natural wild life and some pretty crazy birds so I can see where Brock may have found some inspiration. What I love about her work is the amazingly vibrant colour combinations. Each piece strongly connects to one another, but in each work there is also a uniqueness. Sexy and creative, Brock’s work captivates the viewer and leaves them empowered and alive. Her work reminds me of a fellow Australian artist, Mike McClean. He works in a similar manner, creating fun colours and textures to add an edge to the women he paints. Brock’s work is certainly polished and she has a distinctive style. Maybe one day when I have a fancy house I can hang some of her art, or better yet get her to paint an entire wall. She does work on large-scale pieces from time to time (there’s a few snaps of her murals at the bottom of this post). Enjoy! x

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Murals…

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Happy New Year!

Happy new year lovely readers! I hope you have had a bit of a relax (or party-time if that’s more of what you were desiring!) over the Christmas and New Year period. I took a break from art and blogging, had some days at my day job (how appropriate), and did a bit of family holidaying. Not too bad. I am looking forward to 2014 and hope that with the influence of Neptune that it will be a dreamy, feminine and creative year. I’m also into my moon year in my cycle, which might make my creative juices take a feminine approach as well. I’m excited to see what art I create and if this is different from my sun year.

I didn’t really set any resolutions, but I want to continue all the good I did in 2013, as well as push my art onto the world (watch out) and try to get some pieces into shops and stuff like that. I want to have a group or solo exhibition too! And I also want to reach a wider audience here, as well as work on my writing and connections with other creatives. Hey, look at me, no superficial resolutions! That makes me proud. Oh, and I want to try to help out the world a little bit more, ideally in some area related to women’s rights. Wish me luck! And I wish you all the best with whatever endeavors you set yourself for the year that is 2014.

I thought what better way to kick off the new year than with a pic of the stunning Kate Moss (digitally edited by me)? With Moss being a Capricorn it seems the ideal way to get into the swing of things. Enjoy and all the best for the year ahead xx

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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 Kawasaki

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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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This is one of my recent pieces I have been playing around with. It’s a pen drawing that I scanned and edited in Photoshop, adding the coloured aspects. Although it is quite simple, I quite like it. I am a bit like a Gemini when it comes to art. I am constantly changing, and struggle to commit to anything long-term. I suppose it’s because I haven’t settled on a particular style yet. I love digital, drawing, mixed media and painting (which I am aiming to get back into soon). Like this blog, the main subject that connects my work would be the female subject matter. Although I have a few pieces that don’t have women in them. In such a subjective industry it can be hard to predict what people will like, which is why I just have to trust my gut and own aesthetic and hope that others will relate to or enjoy some of my work.

I love sharing work by other artists because I know how valued you feel when people acknowledge and recognise your talent and hard work. And it is hard work. But of course it is worth it. I sincerely believe that all artists have a market out there – people who will buy and adore their work – but the most challenging part is connecting the art and the audience. With the internet it seems easy, but honestly how hard is it to find stuff on the internet? Unless you know specifically what you are looking for it can be pretty hard to discover anything new. That’s another reason why I started this blog, as a way to accumulate art and visuals for my followers. Online magazines and other blogs are great ways to keep discovering, as is Facebook. I found that since I created a Facebook page for The Visual Female I was discovering more and more artists through liking pages and what others were sharing on my News Feed.

I have finally taken the plunge and made a Facebook for my own personal art, and hope to build an audience over time. To see my work, visit my Facebook pageand please give it a like if it appeals. Obviously in this subjective world I am not expecting everyone to love it, I am just trying to see what people think.

Stay tuned for a cool new Visual Female of the Month coming up shortly! And thanks again to all the readers and fans of The Visual Female – you rock xx

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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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Elsa Isabella – Paper Dolls

I am so in love and so impressed by what Elsa Isabella can do. Her work is truly amazing. Not only is the subject matter great (who doesn’t love a Pin-up girl?) but the size she works in just blows me away. They are so small! Yet so wonderfully detailed. The quality of her work is amazing, especially when you see the scale she is working in. It’s hard to draw small even with a fine pen, but I would find it even harder in charcoal. I don’t know what else to say other than that I am so impressed. So, I am truly happy to be sharing her work here today. You must like her on Facebook where you can see a whole lot more of her outstanding work (I mean, it was pretty hard to limit what I showed here today, so imagine how much more there is!) I have chosen some complete pieces, as well as in progress shots because they look pretty great too. Enjoy xx

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Mike McLean

In my recent interview with Morgan Connoleyshe mentioned that she loved work by fellow Australian artist, Mike McLean. Well, I do too. His work fits into street style, with spray paint creating lovely textures and organic drips. He works on large-scale pieces (which is evident in the way he photographs his work – which I really like). There are a lot of women as subject matter, which of course makes me happy. His women are beautiful and provoking. It is amazing how such simple line work can evoke so much. Here are a few pieces I like. To see more, visit and like his Facebook page.

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Alexandra Levassuer

In my recent This vs. That, I crowned Alexandra Levasseur winner for Round Twelve: PatternHer work is really wonderful, and she has to be my favourite latest find. So, in saying all that, I thought I would share some more of her work, because it really must be seen. I hope you like these pieces. Have a great weekend. It’s my birthday on Sunday, so I say the celebrations start tonight and go all weekend. Wine, here I come. xx

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Emanuele Cassina

Italian photographer Emanuele Cassina creates very sensual and evocative photographs. I love the softness and peacefulness in the images. Another positive is how they are erotic without being overly sexual or low brow. In fact, they are quite the opposite. Always a pleasure to share such beautiful photography. Enjoy x

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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.

Malcolm Liepke

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Adams Carvalho

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Takato Yamamoto

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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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Martine Johanna

If you are yet to discover Dutch artist Martine Johanna, then this is your lucky day. Her work is just divine. It appeals to my aesthetic so much that I  seem to like pretty much every single piece she does. There is quite a lot of variety in her work, but within it I find myself drawn to every style, every idea. Variety can be quite rare for many artists as they often become very limited to one specific style. Which means, if you don’t like one piece, you probably won’t like any. On the other hand, a strong style can really appeal to certain people and give you a specific and devoted audience. But with Johanna I would hope that everyone could find a piece they liked. (And it’s simply a matter of bad taste if someone disagrees here). I will share the first pieces I stumbled upon (to make your first time like my first time, if you haven’t had a first already), but make sure to check out her website for a whole range of beautiful awesomeness. Dreamy, surreal, beautiful, erotic, nouveau, strange, mythical and fantastic are just a few words to describe it all. Do check it out. Here. Do it.

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Mercurial

We are almost nearing the end of Mercury retrograde – thank goodness! For those of you that don’t know about Mercury retrograde, here’s a brief rundown. About three times a year, the planet Mercury starts turning in a backward motion which begins to cause some havoc. Mercury governs communication and transportation, so in retrograde you may notice that issues arise surrounding these matters. Examples of such include computers crashing, missing appointments, buses running late, things going missing and so on. Essentially, it is not such a flash time of the year. Mercury is a bit of a trickster, so if you have noticed things going a little weird you can start to relax, as retrograde will finish in the 20th of July, and things will start to go back to normal. I find Gala Darlings run down of retrograde pretty good, so check it out here. Plus, retrograde isn’t all bad, as Gala explains.

Like myself, Gala is a Virgo. This may explain why she has an interest in Mercury retrograde, as Mercury is the ruling planet of both Virgo and Gemini. And this means that us Virgos, and all those Geminis out there, feel the effects of retrograde quite a bit harder than the other signs of the zodiac. I haven’t had too many issues this time, but have had hard-drives break and other serious mishaps in the past. Although, I have to wonder about where my emails are going lately… I am not getting the usual replies, which is making progression quite difficult. But nevermind, enough about me. Here are a few artists that may be feeling, or could have felt, the effects of Mercury retrograde. Yes, they are all Virgos or Geminis.

Virgo

Joel-Peter Witkin – September 13, 1939

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Jen Mann – September 17, 1987

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Man Ray – August 27, 1890

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Gemini

John Baldessari – June 17, 1931

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Egon Schiele – June 12, 1890

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Diego Velazquez – June 6, 1599

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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.

Barbie by Jansson

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I found these photographs taken for Vogue Paris by Swedish photographer, Mikael Jansson. What attracted me to them was how much they reminded me of Barbie dolls. The models (Diana Dondoe and Missy Rayder) appear so casual about being naked it is almost as if that is all they know. Much like Barbie, it seems their own bodies are desexualised and their nakedness is made very secondary. This is why the photography works so well – the product is emphasized through the very casualness of the naked bodies, and in doing so the product has nothing to compete with. Very clever work in my opinion. The models are shinned up to add a lovely glossy sheen to their skin which looks flawlessly beautiful, and very much plastic (hence the Barbie connection). In this first image the poses of the models (especially the one on the left) look rigid, as if the models (dolls) have been positioned manually and are unable to move themselves. And despite the models having beautiful figures, it is not their skinniness or shape that really makes them look like Barbie dolls, but rather how they are positioned, the colour choice, the way the light hits the skin making it shine, and how disconnected to their own bodies they appear. I think it is a wonderful accomplishment from Jansson.

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On another note, I found a black and white image (above) from the series which despite being more beautiful (in my eyes), completely loses the doll-like aspect. I find that without the colour, and with the shine diminished, that the models’ human quality returns and they appear as two naked girls hanging by the pool (seductively, of course). So I suppose in this instance colour photography really achieves something that is arguably otherwise unachievable through a black and white image. Normally I prefer black and white photography, so it is great for photographers like Jansson to impress me with the accomplishments of colour.

Kelly Thompson

I always remember Kelly Thompson. I guess she’s up there with my other contemporary favourite, Audrey Kawasaki. But sometimes you can forget artists you know and love and look for new pieces to share. Discovering is always fun and inspiring, but today I wanted to share some pieces from someone familiar.

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I love Thompson’s work. It is beautiful, erotic, sensual, fierce, coy, vulnerable, strong and so much more. The detailing is just right and the colours always work – sometimes muted, sometimes bold. Thompson focuses on my favourite subject matter, the female, and showcases a diversity of emotion and attitudes under the umbrella of femininity.

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These are a few pieces I like, but all her work is great so you should check it out here. I also wrote a piece when I started this blog that compared some of her work with Egon Schiele (an old-time favorite) which you can access here. 

Elena Mir

Elena Mir’s art generally has quite an Asian vibe – but these two pieces kind of don’t, and I like that about them. Both images are striking – one’s dark and the other is somewhat lighter, but still a little dark. Evocative faces and animal additions connect these two and make pairing them quite nice. It’s hard for me to decide which one I prefer actually. Originally I was thinking the bottom one, but the first image has its own special innocence which is a little captivating. The bottom image has more of a knowing essence which I generally prefer, but tonight I just can’t decide. Fortunately, I don’t have to decide, and I can share and compliment both pieces! Well done Elena – I’m in adoration. See more here.

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Blood and Fame

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I happened upon this striking image of Allison Harvard, who I remember watching on America’s Next Top Model some time ago. While she was really quite stunning, I did get a little sick of her relying on her big eyes to get a good photo. However, I really like this artwork based on her. It plays on her natural innocence and etherial face through the use of the wispy whiteness of her hair merging into the background. Yet, at the same time a certain darkness is brought to the image through the addition of blood from her eye, nose and mouth. Something about it just seems so right to me. I think maybe it is the blank (we’ve all seen it) expression paired with the blood that makes her seem quite catatonic. Or maybe it’s the distinctness of the red against her pale face and hair? Or that the red lips, despite the blood around them, maintain an erotic element. Whatever it may be, I really like the image, so good work to whoever made it!

Elements of the image also reminded me of the series below, Slaughterhouse Starlets, by Keith P. Rein. The mix of celebrity and blood seems to be quite effective. If you like Rein’s work then you can purchase it at his Society6 store.

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Klimt Again

A while back I posted some Klimt homages. In my research I found some cool fashion shoots from Vogue that had a Klimt vibe, but I didn’t quite deem them right for Copy Klimt. I thought I would share them now as they are really quite nice images. One can definitely see the Klimt essence, yet these images are quite modern and edgy. I love the merging of pattern – from sheets, cushions and clothing to the effect of tattoos through body paint. This really unites each piece, and the tattoo and 50s style look of the model transforms the piece into something original. Really fun and vibrant pieces! A great way to kickstart your weekend. Enjoy! x

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Peacock

I arrived home today to find a letter informing me that I had a flat inspection tomorrow (!), so I have been getting dirty cleaning up the place. A few sneezes have been released and while I am not so dainty as to have a feather duster, I thought I would share some vaguely feather related images.

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I love how simple they are but also how effective they are, especially as a pair (I if were to frame them I would definitely hang them together). Plus, they are also a little bit sexy, which is never a bad thing! I hope you enjoy them and don’t have to do any cleaning today!

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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Copy Klimt

Like most cool people in the world, I am in love with Gustav Klimt. He has been my art hero since I was a teenager. I always have to scatter a few images of his art throughout my home and he has remained with me from flat to flat over my student years. The beauty in his work is truly incredible and actually quite hard to recreate (trust me, I’ve tried!). Many people, including myself, have attempted to do our own Klimt style piece – some staying true to Klimt by direct mimicking and others by using his style as inspiration only. Below I will share a range of homages to Klimt I have discovered so far. They are all great, but nothing can really beat an original Klimt in my opinion!

Oh, but first I better show you an original Klimt incase you have failed to discover him in your life so far!

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Gustav Klimt – The Kiss (detail)

And now for the copy-Klimts

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And, just for fun I thought I would show you my attempt. I did this for a friend a few years ago. Originally it was done in oranges and golds to be more in line with Klimt, but I found it wasn’t working, so in frustration I kind of scribbled over it with blue which changed the whole essence. I decided I liked it so went with a more icy version of Klimt. I quite like the result as it is Klimt inspired without being as obvious as it could be. I have my orange version in a folder somewhere (!) so maybe I will dig that up at some point for comparison. It’s funny how I had done a whole other painting, which remains hidden under this one. Thank goodness for photography so I could capture the underpainting also. I hope you enjoyed these x

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