Monday, 16 October 2017

Happy Halloween - Day 16 - Maria Arriola (Bunny Prince)

Yesterday's post was actually scary right?! (right?) so for Monday let's ease back in with the down right silly and cute again. These cutie little spooky creations are from the imagination of Maria Arriola otherwise known as Bunny Prince.

I am now banned from buying Halloween things as I just bought a vampire Mr Potato Head. I've crossed a line guys. BUT YOU HAVEN'T. JOIN US HERE IN RIDICULOUS HALLOWEEN TOWN. And you can display that you've moved in and truly taken on the Halloween spirit by wearing one of these pins proudly (and then I can live vicariously through you . Sorry wallet)

These guys are selling fast so be quick and grab your own little smiling haunted house or spooky budgie on her etsy and keep up with Maria's creations on her instagram.

Happy Halloween - Day 15 - It Follows

I'm cutting it fine this evening but just in time for this Sunday's seriously spooky post I'm changing it up and sharing a film with you. I just had the absolute pleasure of seeing the film The Endless, a brilliant horror movie however not quite what I want to share with you today.

Tonight I want to share with you the complete terror that is David Mitchell's It Follows. I don't like scary films. I don't enjoy that sensation and I really REALLY hate films with supernatural themes, however somehow I made an exception for what will probably be the most frightening thing I will ever watch. It is also however one of the best films I have ever seen.
It Follows has the thoroughly bizarre premise of a girl wakes up after sleeping with a guy to be told he has sexually transmitted a walking monster to her. He tells her "it isn't fast but it isn't stupid". If it gets to you, you're dead. If you sleep with someone, you pass it on. If it kills the person you last slept with, it comes back to you. It slowly walks step by step and takes the form of everyone from huge frightening men to people you know. Only you can see it but others can see the effect it has. The plot line sounds so ridiculous that Mitchell himself said when pitching it he had to just stick to story boards to try an come away from the fact it is a film about a sexually transmitted demon.

Bare with me here though, It Follows does the clever thing of existing outside of time but manages to reference those hazy suburban based American horror stories of the 80s and 90s, whilst throwing in the odd gadget that makes no sense but somehow makes it all the more unnerving. Seriously what is it about the American suburbs that gives such a perfect spooky backdrop? I feel like there's something about teenagers and all those emotions buzzing around with no where to over flow into that mimic that stillness of a summer with nothing to do.

The soundtrack is a complete masterpiece. An 80s synth based foreboding dream that I would have had on repeat if it didn't put me so on edge. You can actually listen to the whole thing on YouTube.
I honestly cannot wait to see what Mitchell does next and I could not recommend this as your honestly terrifying off beat Halloween movie enough. Although maybe keep the lights on for this one.. watch the trailer here.

Happy Halloween - Day 14 - Aleksandra Waliszewska

At the weekend I like to give you someone to explore and if there was anyone who's pieces demanded your attention to understand their utter strangeness it's Aleksandra Waliszewska.

I came across Aleksandra on flickr, years and years ago. Her paintings are confronting and terrifying and were always presented without any explanation. I liked the idea that she was trying to work through some misunderstood emotion in her head, or indeed she roamed some frighteningly wild corner of Poland and was bringing us into the nightmarish creatures she saw.

Aleksandra has since come forward saying she wants the meaning of her paintings to be discovered by the onlooker. I like the idea that despite how honestly terrifying her pieces are she wants you to look closer to try and untangle the reason she has placed in these unnerving scenes.

 I honestly have about 17 favourite pieces from this fantastic artist (as happens when you've been following someone's career for several years) so this is possibly not the last you will see of Aleksandra on this page. 

I urge you to explore her flickr, it is truly a horrifying wonderland.

Happy Halloween - Day 13 - Kiki Smith

OK OK I missed Friday the 13th. I'm sick, cut me some slack! To make up for Friday the 13th let's talk about a piece that is honestly scary.

This terrifying sculpture is Kiki Smith's Lilith. The story goes, in Jewish lore, that before there was Eve there was Lilith. When Lilith demanded that she be treated as Adam's equal she was cast out of the Garden of Eden and forced to become a demon. Eve replaced her, placing the importance on submissiveness and not equality between the sexes. 

So there's a nice counterpart for the problems many women go through everyday. The reminder that strong women, demanding to be treated the same as their male counterparts, has been going on since the Garden of Eden is perhaps the really scary message of this frightening little sculpture.

You can see more of Kiki's thoroughly thought provoking work here.

Happy Halloween - Day 12 - Danilo Stankovic

Happy Thursday Halloween hunters. On this breezy Thursday I am bringing you the intriguing Danilo Stankovic. Danilo's work seems to be absolutely heaped in folklore. 

There's symbol emblazoned shadows hiding in the woods, masked dancers and not quite humans tending to the forest.

It's a brilliant case of not being quite sure what you're seeing. You're forced to look back to try and make sense of Danilo's figures but it often leaves you with a creeping sense that you'll never truly know what you saw. 

Danilo keeps a well updated blog which you can read here and I totally urge you to take a closer look.

Happy Halloween - Day 11 - Theo Mercier

Good evening Halloween lovers. First of all I want to make a gross public display of affection for my incredibly helpful boyfriend who has very kindly been posting these updates whilst I've been off galavanting in 30 degree heat in Spain! But now let's get back from the gross and onto the creepy!

Older readers may remember that I have posted Theo Mercier before but I couldn't not drag him up from the depths of these features for a mid week treat. His work is just too perfect. It's nearly always mostly frightening but a little bit silly, however that's sometimes an even more unnerving combination. 

A few of these pieces seem to be inspired by a poem called Exposure Desperanza (workshop). It talks about the zombies and ghosts coming from the workshop. I hope Theo sees himself as a Dr Frankenstein figure with his shadow cast huge on a workshop wall as his sculptures come to life. He gives them horns, skeletons, glaring eyes, dripping limbs and then....sunglasses.

You can see more of his utterly briliant work here.

Happy Halloween - Day 10 - Glitter Punk's Pumpkins

I mean...I did forewarn you there would be a healthy dose of cute thrown into this Halloween season. I don't even have an excuse here. I went looking for a cute pumpkin okay. It was what I wanted. A pumpkin for all seasons! Just subtle enough (hur hur as if I know what subtle is) to wear all year around but just daft enough to show off a very honest love for PSL themed time of year (not that I can actually drink coffee..). Seek and ye shall find they say and I found the mighty Sarah of Glitter Punk.

Now the second piece of acrylic magic here, oh so subtle and witch like. Wear it with a short black corset front dress and a cheap witchhat and your simple Halloween costume is succinct, pretty and FINISHED. But you didn't come here for that, you came for the love of Halloween goddamnit and that's how I feel every time I wear this pin (of course I bought it!).

Sarah has some AMAZING work, all of it available for you to wear and show everyone how much of a witch/pumpkin lover you are, and you can find all of it here.