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Vegan Art

Austria-based artist Anamaria Finta went vegan two years ago. And for some reason that change inspired her to start making art out of her food.

A lot of her art pieces seem to rely heavily on cream cheese and yogurt, both of which (last time I checked) aren't vegan. So I'm assuming she must use vegan substitutes for these.

So actually, I'm not sure what her art has to do with veganism at all. But it is nice food art. [via]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Apr 03, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Art, Food

Art of the Insane

In early 1946, the St. Anne Insane Asylum in Paris exhibited some of the art work of its inmates. Collecting the art of people identified as insane seems to have been a trend at the time. See, for instance, the book of "Poetry of the Insane," published in 1933, that I posted about back in Feb 2013.

The Associated Press caption on the top picture notes, "The writing is a miscellany of seemingly unconnected Gibberish, with no apparent relationship to the drawing."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Mar 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, 1940's, Mental Health and Insanity

Sculptures of Rosa Verloop

Dutch artist Rosa Verloop creates sculptures out of nylon stockings. She writes that she likes this material because it is "soft, cuddly, and easy to shape." Though when I look at her sculptures, 'cuddly' isn't the first word that comes to mind.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Mar 08, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art

Hand Embroidery

The hand embroidery art of Eliza Bennett. She explains on her site:

Using my own hand as a base material, I considered it a canvas upon which I stitched into the top layer of skin using thread to create the appearance of an incredibly work worn hand. By using the technique of embroidery, traditionally employed to represent femininity and applying it to the expression of it’s opposite, I hope to challenge the pre-conceived notion that ‘women’s work’ is light and easy. Aiming to represent the effects of hard work arising from employment in low paid ancillary jobs such as cleaning, caring, and catering, all traditionally considered to be ‘women’s work’.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 28, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Art

The Art of Marilyn Monroe

There have been many, many paintings done of Marilyn Monroe. But I wasn't aware that Monroe was, herself, an artist. She contributed the above sketch, described as being in the surrealist style, to an art exhibit in 1956. The organizer of the exhibit praised Monroe as "a midget picasso." Source: Newsweek - Nov 19, 1956.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 19, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Celebrities, 1950's

Pathogen Art

What some people will do for art! Anna Dumitriu is a UK artist who creates works of art out of clothing and textiles exposed to deadly pathogenic bacteria. However, she "takes pains to tell exhibition-goers that she kills all of the potentially-dangerous bacteria through heat sterilization" before putting it on display. In order to avoid infecting herself she does some of her work (the stuff that involves the most deadly pathogens) in a "custom-built biosecure container."

Below is her VRSA Dress. It's been exposed to Vancomycin-resistant strains of the Staph bacteria. More details at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Feb 17, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Art

Mystery Masterpiece

Who painted this masterpiece? See below in extended for the answer!

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 06, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art

Stuffed Sheep Bedside Table

Twenty-one lucky people will get to have one of these in their bedroom, because that's how many the artist Oscar Tusquets made. Cost is $50,000 each. More info at the Daily Mail.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 05, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Furniture


The obscure Russian "Necrorealism" art movement, which emerged in the 1980s, doesn't even rate a page on Wikipedia. Based on the video below, it seems to have been an excuse for a bunch of Russian guys to make low-budget zombie movies in the forest. Though movies without a semblance of a plot.

The "No New Enemies" site offers this explanation of Necrorealism:
The slightly grandiose, academic name belies the fact that the movement was actually a small group of experimental-artists from Leningrad (now St Petersburg) who emerged in the 80s under the leadership of the artist/experimental filmmaker, Evgeny Yufit.

Having got their hands on a lavishly illustrated forensic pathology textbook for inspiration, their initial output was comprised of photos of themselves in zombiesque make-up. Then followed performances... events that passersby or passengers were guaranteed to observe with horror. Later they began to use film as medium, and established an underground film studio.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 31, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, 1980's, Russia

Bus artist

Denise Poole is "artist in residence" on the Bournemouth city buses. As she moves around the city, she sketches what she sees. Not a series of sketches, mind you. A day's journey results in one sketch. If it looks like a bunch of squiggly lines on paper to you, then perhaps you're a philistine who can't appreciate art. [BBC News Dorset]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Art, Transportation
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