My thesis project, Dom & Sub, a.k.a. why I’ve been such a bad tumblr-er/bad friend/etc. My artist statement:
Dom & Sub is a body of illustrative work in digital media that attempts to humanize practitioners of BDSM and offer a representation of kinky sex that not only refutes negative stereotypes but informs the audience that sadomasochistic play is done best between happy, healthy, and consenting adults. I portrayed the couple in the work not only engaging in S&M play but also building a “scene” together and nurturing one another after the play has concluded; these are moments often left unconsidered or completely ignored in visual representations of S&M. I believe it’s important to see how kinky scenes are crafted with care, commitment to safety and enthusiastic consent in order to limit those times when sadomasochistic play is used to abuse or dehumanize other human beings. It is my hope that my audience will learn from the illustrations that sadomasochistic play is not always dark or scary, and that fellow ‘kinksters’ can enjoy tender representations of S&M that do not ridicule or pathologize them. I’ve designed the work to engage sadomasochistic imagery, material and theory with an ethical conscience.
this is adorable and brilliant.
This isn’t “zombie art”. It’s Joel-Peter Witkin, who is a goddamn genius. He used corpses (as well as amputees, little people, the transgendered and more) to create morbid and transformative art. This piece, called ‘The Kiss’ is one of his most iconic. He literally took a man’s head, sawed it in half, and twisted it to give it the appearance of two men kissing.
If you don’t know who he is, look him up. He’s incredible. Simply incredible.
this is so gorgeous
I’m willing to bet that fanboy-news-network has worried FOR YEARS that he’d have to say this to me.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to those of you willing to eschew the splendor of the sun and descend into the convention canyon of Stumptown this previous weekend. It was a pleasure to meet you all. In the event that you did not attend or saw something, in retrospect, you now wish you had purchased, you are welcome to visit the etsy emporium!