Lit in the Media: Fuko Ueda’s “Bubble of Sea”

Fuko Ueda's "Bubble of Sea 1"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.

Fuko Ueda's "Bubble of Sea 2"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.

Lit in the Media: Kevin Wada’s Medusa Redesign

Kevin Wada Medusa Inhumans Redesign 2013Kevin 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” by Camilla d’Errico

The Dream Melt

“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