Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Wendy Kveck makes oozing, gloppy, disgustingly beautiful works. Her paintings and videos disturb through the raw excess of a body beyond control. Her pieces are like open wounds which threaten to consume us with their lurid appeal.

The Specimen Series 
digital prints on sintra, matte lamination, 6.75" x 9.75", 2007

The Meateater Series 
digital prints on sintra, matte lamination, 18" x 24"", 2007


Complete color-picture story of woman's external and internal sex organs. From the Illustrated Birth Control Manual, Valeria Hopkins Parker M.D., Cadillac Publishing Co., 1957

Monday, March 30, 2009

New Day

Images from Nové Domácí Léčení, date unknown

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


"I am very pleased to offer for your consideration this exceptional, antique, rarely seen santuary lamp (6" by 8") with a heart shaped glass vessel. In Church it is kept permanently lit to indicate the presence of God in the tabernacle that contains the eucharistic reserve. It is kept at a short distance in front of the Altar. Coming straight from a French Monastery that had to close. Around 1890." 

Sign up for an ID and look for yourself at www.christian-relics.com

Thanks to Bill Sebring for sending this link


Uro-Genital System from Textbook of Human Anatomy, 
W. J. Hamilton, Editor, 1956

Dark Flight

From Hussein Chalayan's Fall 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection

Monday, March 23, 2009

Body Hair

Images from Nové Domácí Léčení, date unknown

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Milk Teeth

Canadian artist Julie Morstad makes delicately morbid images of women and animals. Her book Milk Teeth was released by Drawn and Quarterly in 2007. You may recognize her work from the cover art on Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and from the video for Case's Maybe Sparrow.


images from Illustrated Medical and Health Encyclopedia, PRE-ZYM
Morris Fishbein, M.D. editor, 1957

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Images from Nové Domácí Léčení, date unknown

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The New Flesh

From Comme des Garçons Fall 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Book of Skin

Jacopo Berengario da Carpi,  Anatomia Carpi Bologna 
1535, Woodcut, National Library of Medicine

The table of contents for The Book of Skin, Steven Connor, Cornell University Press, 2004

The Light Touch

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Secret

Image from Nové Domácí Léčení, date unknown

Monday, March 16, 2009


In Fairytales the word Twilight invokes the time between day and night, the gloaming or dusk when people can cross over to the other side willingly or unwilling. In this new work I see myself as a raconteur telling stories filtered through the lense of fairytales and daily life. Using fairytales to come to terms with the dilemmas of ones inner life and day-to-day musings. Fairytales can be tales of wonder and at the same time cautionary tales. In these works I am exploring the ideas of transformation and duality through a variety of media and materials. The realm of the natural world that surrounds me in my upstate microcosm is very connected to the realm of my visual world and the process of telling these my stories.
from Valerie Hammond's artist statement, works below by the artist

Garland, Relief printed lithograph, glass beads, 
thread on handmade Kozo paper, 72" x 48", 2007

Glimmer, Graphite, pigment,wax, thread, glass beads 36" x 72" 2008

Transition, Wax, silk, wire, 7" x 5" x 17", 2008

Fairy Tale

From John Galliano's Fall 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection

Nerve Pills

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Two beautiful vintage postcards depicting dissection for sale at Tear Drop Memories. This shop located in New Hope, Pennsylvania specializes in rare images and objects related death. Thanks to Alicia Byler for sending a link and a recommendation for this intriguing shop.

Antique 19th century cabinet card photo Post mortem student disection dated 1890. Medical doctor wannabess learn on human cadaver in school. Marked on reverse, Dad At College 1890

Undertaking school mortuary students practice embalming a cadaver in this early post card from Collection Gaduase. Note the tools, lady mortician, drain bucket and blazing trocars. Pipe smoking proffessor looks on. 

Wet Dreams

Why man has nocturnal loses of semen. 
Schematic pictures illustrating the different causes.

from the Illustrated Birth Control Manual, Valeria Hopkins Parker M.D., Cadillac Publishing Co., 1957

Friday, March 13, 2009


Details from Alexander McQueen, Fall 2009, Ready-To-Wear