Fuko Ueda’s “Bubble of Sea 1” (above) and “Bubble of Sea 2” (below) are excellent examples of literature in the media as they were inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” These two pieces were made for her “Flower of Memory” show at Thinkspace Gallery earlier this year.
In a writeup on the Hi-Fructose blog they state that Ueda burnt the edges of the paper to commemorate the sad ending of the original story. It’s nice to see something “Little Mermaid” inspired that has nothing to do with the Disney movie. The original story is so beautiful and tragic it’s infinitely more compelling.
Kevin Wada recently posted this “Medusa Inhumans Redesign 2013” and I had to share it here. Medusa is one of the most enduring of all literary figures and people are endlessly fascinated by her. Originally lovely, Medusa was transformed into a be-snaked man-freezer by Athena and was used by Helene Cixous as a metaphor for the violence that women enact against one another. Wada’s Medusa reminds us that this figure can be beautiful, unlike the horrifying thing that ended up in the 1981 Clash of the Titans, which is the first Medusa I saw as a little one. That’s part of what is so wonderful about mythology, each generation re-writes it, and if this is the direction in which things are headed, I heartily approve.
“The Dream Melt” is a stunning painting by Camilla d’Errico for The Candy Escape exhibition at Tara McPherson’s Cotton Candy Machine Gallery in New York. I’m crazy in love with it and wish I could have picked up the original. The melting, rainbow candy tentacles are so unusual; you can tell from this piece that d’Errico’s style is really evolving.
via the Camilla D’errico blog
I always look forward to Kate Beaton’s Halloween comic and this year was no exception. She took vintage Halloween postcards and illustrated them (similar to the Gorey covers and Nancy Drew series) and this is one of my favorites. Basket witch! I’m sure there is some actual mythology behind basket witch, but I don’t want to ruin the magic. Happy Halloween everyone!