马嬿泠 Ma Yanling’s ghostly paintings of China’s glamorous old movie stars, smiling and looking flawlessly beautiful, were partly inspired by Andy Warhols’ images of Hollywood actresses (Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe). Over each portrait, she paints a grey shroud, hinting at the tragedy and suffering in the offscreen lives of the divas: Ruan Lingyu, whose private life and love affairs was published by the tabloids, committed suicide in 1935 at the age of 24; Wang Renmei was relentlessly persecuted during the Cultural Revolution; Hu Die was the unwilling mistress of Guomindang secret-police chief Dai Li, and also suffered from rumours spread by the press; Jiang Qing, the second wife of Mao Zedong, persecuted fellow actors and artists during the Cultural Revolution, served time in prison, and finally hanged herself; and Meng Xiaodong had a love affair with Peking Opera master, Mei Lanfang which ended sadly due to social and family pressure.
Kiki Smith - Lilith, 1994 - Bronze, silicon, and glass.
“In medieval Jewish lore, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. When she demanded to be Adam’s equal, she was evicted from the Garden of Eden. Lilith flew away to the demon world, replaced by the more submissive Eve. Smith catches us off guard with Lilith’s pose and placement. Most sculptures receive our gaze passively, but Lilith stares back with piercing brown eyes, ready to pounce.”
This is amazing and beautiful, but my heart lept in my chest when I scrolled down to those eyes.
I always stop by to see this piece when I go to the museum hehe UvU
To Ellen, sculpting has always been about life; biological narratives, emotions, movement, balance and observations about life’s subtleties and overtures. Her aesthetic ranges from the hyper-real, to the surreal,fantastic, and the grotesque. Ellen’s creative process is truly her own, she enjoys making and engineering original material combinations to suit her needs.
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Hi! I’m stoked to present my thesis comic, If This Be Sin, based on the life of Gladys Bentley. It’s for sale on Gumroad! You can download the 16 page full-color PDF for $2.
Gladys Bentley, was a blues singer, piano player, and drag king who performed bawdy tunes in Harlem nightclubs throughout the 1920s and ’30s. Despite the social obstacles she faced as a black, openly queer woman, her outrageous and energetic act became a mainstay of the Harlem cabaret. In 1952, under the oppressive social conditions of the McCarthy era, Bentley publicly renounced her previous identity and claimed to have found happiness as a feminine housewife.
Gumroad is super simple to use, you just have to enter your credit card number and you’ll be sent a direct download, plus Gumroad will email you a link to re-download it if you ever lose track of the file.
FOR EVERY 100 NOTES, I’LL GIVE AWAY A DIGITAL COMIC TO A RANDOM TUMBLR USER so please share if you can! (Within each 100 notes, only people who reblog are eligible for a free copy.)
Thank you and I hope you enjoy the comic!
The Book of Life, by David Kracov
David Kracov’s breathtaking sculpture entitled The Book of Life will really give you butterflies. The metal sculpture, which stands at around half a metre tall, is a tribute to the extraordinary life of Rabbi Yossi Raichik, director of Charbad’s Children of Chernobyl organisation. Each of the hand-painted butterflies represents the 2547 children that escaped Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster and, with the help of the charity, have been given a chance at a new life. Butterflies are a prominent feature in Kracov’s work who believes they represent ‘the delicacy and value of a child’s life’.