Meet the installation artist’s Lucy Glendinning’s “Feather Child:” a downey hybrid, the bird/human rests quietly in fetal position, moving only slightly in her sleep. With this offering, Glendinning asks viewers if “we [will] be able to resist” the potential to genetically enhance our human experiences. Inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus, she imagines future humans treating our DNA as a medium of expression and ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman in Artsy on Jan 15, 2014 |
"Ugly has never looked so beautiful" is a phrase that comes to mind when looking at Jessica Stoller's ceramic sculptures. Feminine yet abrasive, this series looks at the female experience through a grotesque lens. I always believed that nothing was more horrific and weird than being a girl. Stoller's works of art purposefully focus on the underlying paradox of femininity, which in one hand is all about pink and ruffles and "prettiness" yet ... Read More
After someone dies, their image and defining characteristics take on new meaning. The first image I recall when I think of my grandmother is often her hand; I imagine it jumping across the pages of fairy tales she read to me, and sometimes I even slip on her opal ring and imagine myself as her, acting out the rhythmic motions. The idea that part of her continues to live within me is as comforting as it is unsettling; although we longer take Victorian-style ... Read More
Mermaid mythology reaches far and wide, informing the ways in which cultures view young women: they are fertile, tempting, majestic, and powerful. Able to empathize with human beings, they inhabit worlds of fantasy and terror, luring fisherman away from their daily catch with sweet music and sweeping gestures of the tail.
In her series Milk & Sea, the photographer Hana Vojáčková imagines the mermaids ... Read More
Our media has the tendency to bombard us with dehumanizing images of the female body. Instead of presenting women as fully-realized individuals, it dissects us into sexualized parts like “breast,” “butt,” or “thigh.” The photographer Roger Weiss explains this sort of objectification thusly: “The image of women of our times has been reduced to a pattern, a combination of codes and models that lead to the ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in Artsy on Jan 13, 2014 |
This lady has achieved time travel!!! Well, sort of. Chino Otsuka, a London-based photographer, used unsettlingly convincing photo editing to insert her “now” self beside her “then” self at various points throughout her past. The powerful juxtaposition illustrates the lovingly nostalgic self-reflection that comes with maturity.Living in a digital age where pretty much anything can be made to resemble reality, Otsuka used the near-magic ... Read More
“I am just utterly fascinating… At least that’s what I tell myself.” So reads the caption of the Instagram account belonging to Mathu Andersen, the hair and makeup artist of the legendary drag queen RuPaul. In addition to creatively producing RuPaul’s Drag Race and serving as creative director of Drag U, Mathu is indeed utterly fascinating.
His Instagram is filled to the brim with delightful and enchanting ... Read More
Writer's Note: This post is a discussion of a particular photographic series's depiction of cosmetic surgery. It should by no means be taken as a judgement of the surgical process; women have diverse views on the subject. The images do not encompass the vast array of personal experiences and attitudes towards plastic surgery.
The photographer Ji Yeo’s website biography reads, “Ji Believes beauty is integral to human nature and people find ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Artsy on Jan 09, 2014 |
There is the teen mother who opens up about her previous sexual abuse and subsequent incarceration. A trans* woman stares into the camera with "I was born a man" written boldly across her chest. A young woman who drew arrows pointing to the visible scars on her arm. They are each part of photographer Steve Rosenfield's "What I Be" project, a powerful set of images that will stay with you long after you look away.
"What I Be" allows any viewer ... Read More
From the Bayeux Tapestry to the Unicorn Tapestries, tapestry art is usually characterized by its focus on epic and sweeping themes like war, love, religion, and even the changing of the seasons. Painting, on the other hand, seems more immediate; a canvas can be filled in a few hours, whereas a woven tapestry may take weeks to complete.
The artist Cayce Zavaglia’s work brilliantly examines the intersections between painting and ... Read More