Raven is my familiar. Fluxing in my blood Feminine is dusk and darkness, the moon, the womb… My atramentous Raven Animistic amulet. Evolve through fundamental fractals. Wind me up,Watch my metempsychosis unfurl.
The work of New Zealand-born Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Julia deVille rarely fails to turn heads. Her interest in life and death permeates every facet of her jewelry and taxidermy-based practice, manifesting itself in hauntingly beautiful sculptures that incorporate deceased animals and jewelry featuring recurring deathly motifs, including skulls, claws, and bones.
Key to deVille’s unique and daring aesthetic is a fascination with the concept of mortality as expressed through the Memento Mori (objects serving as a warning or reminder of death) of the 16th to 18th Centuries, as well as the methods of adornment used to sentimentalize death during the Victorian era.
“The nature of our culture is to obsess over planning the future, however in doing so, we forget to enjoy the present,” says deVille.
“As a society we spend most of our time thinking about the past or projecting into the future. The only moment that actually holds any value is this moment. I use symbols of mortality in my work as an anchor into the present, a reminder of the importance of life.” - BLOUINARTINFO
This painting depicts the limitations society places on women, corrupting what truly is beautiful by placing them in these prisons of identity. By doing so, society is asking them to become superheroes. The work is an offset of American comics, synonymous to entertainment and fun. This is exactly the goal of the series - a daily struggle against that which is imposed by society and the very expectations we impose on ourselves I keep myself busy in many ways; single mom, business woman, artist, the household, romance, errands. It puts a lot on one’s shoulders. We overwork ourselves. We are all slaves to something or of something. And in comic books, despite all the playfulness of the thing itself and all the “POW BING BAM,” superheroes are also fragile. We are merely human men and women and we are entitled to the flaws and errors. Lets be proud of who we are, be fierce and strong.
Sandra Chevrier, who calls herself a “gaze collector,” creates hyperrealistic paintings of women that stare out towards the viewer. Reinterpreting the superhero mask, Chevrier covers these images with a collage of comic book prints, using scenes from Superman and Batman to conceal the faces of these idealized women. Chevrier selects sections of comic books that portray “fragile heroes,” promoting the idea that vulnerability often underlies heroism. Titled “Cages,” these mixed-media works encourage viewers to consider how the modern woman—like these superheroes—might also be surrounded by expectations of effortless perfection.
Jennybird Alcantara's minutely detailed oil paintings possess un-borrowed symbolism, drawing the viewer deeply into a world both strange and beautiful. Dreamlike narratives form the core her paintings where the complex interconnectedness of opposites appear through the prism of myth, fable and fantasy. Jennybird uses the symbolism of duality to explore the connection of life and death and the veil in between.
Born a minister's son in 1977 in Seoul Korea, Young Chun remembers as a child, living in a small attachment to a hillside church for a brief time. The weekdays spent running around with imaginary friends in the dim empty chapel has fueled his imagination, contributing to his artistic growth. The "chapel" has become a permanent fixture in his creative mind - where he constructs, develops, and stores works in progress, before they ever meet a sketchpad. In 2000, Young received his B.F.A, from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena California. After several years of painting without clear direction, he stumbled into the opposite end of the spectrum - into the healthcare field - to search for "substance" and "something deeper in life". The years spent working as a respiratory therapist, helping people who were faced with life and death situations, has expanded his outlook in life; adding to his artistic vision. In February of 2011, Young resumed working as a full time artist. He currently lives and works in Orange County, California.