Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New art series

I can't honestly remember the last time I sat down and did a series (which is probably why I don't have gallery shows and am not a more well known artist, now that I think about it) but that's going to change because I have IDEAS. Here's the first:

This is a series that I am going to put up on my deviant art page but will post here too, seeing how I have more views on this blog than the deviant art one. From the page:

Monster High is one of the greatest inventions of this decade. Stylistically speaking it is successful by combining unique ideas; in this case classic movie monsters with an upgraded modern fashion edge, which is then marketed to little girls. They are imaginative, strange, beautiful, versatile and have captured an audience beyond it's intended age group of preteen girls.

The original designs are, of course, meant to appeal to children therefore the 'monsters' have been stripped of everything that makes them, well, monsters.

Monster High Monsters is a series of art pieces that are intended to rethink the monster of Monster High. What if they were painted as they were meant to be, as the creatures and ideas that terrify us as a culture, as a society?

Monsters are, by definition, deadly and frightening- existing to lurk in the shadows, to serve as a cautionary tale, to keep us out of the woods and huddled by the fire in fear of what waits in the dark. What if THESE ideals were infused with the Monster High monsters?

Is it fanart? Well, sort of. I certainly am a fan of the series, though I am most definitely an adult. But I am an artist too; one that wants to see these strange, beautiful dolls from an adult perspective by exploring why monsters frighten us so and translating that into art.

Venus McFlytrap is a pen drawing colored with gouache and water color paints. She is beautiful but full of poisonous thorns; certainly if you get too close she will pull you in, wrap you up, and slowly digest you over the course of days, if not weeks. It was my intention to blur the lines between humanity and monster with her; she is beautiful and recognizably human but just a little too elongated, just a little too sharp, with some features that are mostly definitely NOT human.

Part 1 in a series of at least 12 different monsters.

I have actually about five done at the moment and am deciding which of the numerous characters to tackle. I'm also having an interesting time making them a non-cliché monster art piece. This should be interesting - stay tuned.

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