Two of my wickedly funny little people treated me to some brilliant faces and I celebrate them. I celebrate their confidence and love for making other people laugh and smile. Their ability to go out there and not hold back inspires me. I love how comfortable they are with exploring those grotesque natures and faces of themselves without reservation, and that they accept them so freely as being a part of who they are.
I’m super excited about the prompt for the photo challenge this week! Here’s my first contribution. It’s a sexy self portrait that initially I stuffed up that incidentally fits. Explore other posts on Transmogrify !
A few years ago my little sister and I escaped to the beach on a full moon in the middle of summer. I was relatively new to toying with photography at this point and captured this image which I have grown to love.
Would it not be true to say that most images produced today, are about Hedonism in some way or another? Paintings, photographs, print media and even what we see splayed over social media sharing or inspiring the pursuit of please and self gratification. We expose and share facets of our lives in pursuit of the things that make us happiest, or necessarily we aspire to make us happy. Notably, it is assumed that hedonism is predominately about sexual and bodily happiness but the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus taught hedonism beyond the physical realms. His teachings sought to inspire that happiness should be found within, for people to live simply and untroubled.
In art, the representations of hedonism flicker between modesty, vulgarity, romanticism and eroticism. Here are some of the art that I have always felt drawn to, that inspire the pursuit of happiness in whatever form I find it.
When I First Fell Inlove: In 2010 while studying at Tafe I watched a documentary which was aired on ABC TV Artscape back in 2009. The documentary was about Ghostpatrol and Miso and their collaborations in Street Art.
About Their Work: Check out this video by Creativemornings HQ
What I Love About Their Work: I’m a big fan of the imaginative, whimsical and innocence of his drawings and I love exploring the worlds he creates with the characters he draws. I’ve never been to Melbourne to have had an opportunity to see his street work in person, though it’s definitely on my list of things I’d like to see if I ever get the chance. I really respect and enjoy his perspective on his work and the why and how of what he enjoys. To me, this is what makes his work really awesome.
About Their Work: Mark Ryden’s work is usually described as “Pop Surrealism” and incorporates imagery of his own wonderlands and universes with figures of innocence, animals, toys, intestines, meat and other odd bits of pieces.
What I Love About His Work: When I first started loving Mark Ryden’s work I was 16 years old and beginning to embrace all the obscure things I came across. His works gave me a lot of inspiration about what art could be, compared to the traditional ideals that I’d been told to accept. I love the way these wonderland paintings are so delicate, macabre and finely painted to perfection.