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The Lysine Contingency

Posted in anatomy, craft, jewelry with tags , , on July 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was quite taken aback when I saw The Lysine Contingency, because I have, in fact, crafted almost every single one of these jewelry designs (right down to the settings and chains) on my own in previous years! Great minds!


All of their designs are just my style. I think I’d wear absolutely everything in their catalog.

Dinosaurs! I’d forgotten all about dinosaurs in my own hobby creations!

The Lysine Contingency

Artist, anyone?

Posted in anatomy, art, audience participation with tags , , on July 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I found this on Pinterest ages ago, but no artists was credited. Anyone recognize it?


Sarah Petruziello

Posted in anatomy, art with tags , on June 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

In keeping with my resolve to post more of the artist’s own words (when available), I give you Sarah Petruziello’s statement about the work in this gorgeous pencil portfolio.


I create large-scale self-portrait drawings using pencil on paper. These drawings are meticulously-rendered, elaborately staged and illustrative works that use dramatic and expressive poses as well as visceral symbolism as a conduit for both personal and universal narratives.


I walk the line between the reality and the artifice of the self-portrait. I do not view self-portraits as mere illustrated recreations of the self; I frequently use my self image as though I were an actor under the affectation of a role. Sometimes I am a stand-in (for the collective of civilization and a participant in the transgressions of humanity), sometimes I am simply playing myself and these works are detachedly recording minute personal stories as though from a journal.


Truthfully, I create my self-portrait drawings out of a compulsion to document and compartmentalize both fleeting thoughts and emerging prescience. Although some of my drawings can be construed as social commentaries, I do not view art as a catalyst for the transformation of society or as having the ability in itself to make social change. Rather I see art as a reflection of society which we can use as a means to identify and delineate our own beliefs and views, our own stories, and personal histories. By using the traditional medium of pencils on paper, I purposefully disengage from technology to find a more fundamental and corporeal means to explore private subjects and thoughts; by the use of the self-portrait, I am seeking a candid and sometimes awkward intimacy with my drawings.


Sarah Petruziello

The Morbid Anatomy Anthology

Posted in anatomy, antiques, Books, oddities with tags , , , on June 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My The Morbid Anatomy Anthology just arrived, and I absolutely must sing its praises. I can’t wait to dive in and devour every word and image!


Since 2008, the Morbid Anatomy Library of Brooklyn, New York, has hosted some of the best scholars, artists and writers working along the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine, death and the macabre, religion and spectacle. The Morbid Anatomy Anthology collects some of the best of this work in 28 lavishly illustrated essays. Included are essays by Evan Michelson (star of Science Channel’s hit show Oddities) on the catacombs of Palermo; Simon Chaplin (head of the Wellcome Library in London) on public displays of corpses in Georgian England; mortician Caitlin Doughty on demonic children; and Paul Koudounaris (author of Empire of Death) on a truck stop populated with human skulls. In addition are pieces on books bound in human skin, death-themed cafes in fin-de-siècle Paris, post-mortem photography, eroticized anatomical wax models, taxidermied humans and other animals, Santa Muerte, “artist of death” Frederik Ruysch, and much more.

There are some brilliant minds and expert curators behind this book (namely, Joanna Ebenstein and Colin Dickey). If you are a fan of this blog, you should definitely pick it up! It’s an amazing treasure trove (and really fairly priced…even for a penny pincher like me!). Support these great folks. They deserve it.

Brandon Ballengee

Posted in anatomy, art, nature, science with tags , , , on June 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

While Iori Tomita creates beautiful translucent specimens of sea creatures, Brandon Ballengee has chosen to focus on deformed amphibians.


From the artist statement:
Since 1996, my transdisciplinary practice has bridged primary scientific studies with ecological art and engaged environmental stewardship. Underlying my practice is a systemic methodology, which posits art practice as a means of realizing research science, and vice-versa. Inherent to this working method is an impetus for “ecosystem activism” implemented through participatory biology field investigations and laboratory programs that stress public involvement – my attempt at social sculpting. My artworks come from direct experiences with amphibians, birds, fish and insect species found in today’s preternatural ecosystems and those observed in post-natural laboratory settings.


There is evidence that the growing occurrence of amphibian birth defects comes from contaminates in the chemical runoff of man made facilities. I deeply respect Ballengee for using art to evoke awareness and empathy for these creatures.


Now, via an enzymatic process and re-coloring, we can see the beauty of these creatures that tend to be largely ignored by humans.



Brandon Ballengee


Posted in anatomy, art with tags , on May 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Very little biographical information about the artist behind FFO Art is currently available online, but she creates beautiful art nouveau anatomical pieces in the style of Alphonse Mucha, and gloriously gory refashioned pinups.





She has also made a stunningly herbaceous anatomical alphabet…perhaps my favorite alphabet project from a modern artist yet.




We Are Vessel: Morte Decanter

Posted in anatomy, craft with tags , on April 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Though quite pricey, this Morte Decanter is a beautifully piece for the morbidly inclined.

Here is my favorite one.

The site says:
Drop dead beautiful. That’s the best way to describe the dark and lovely Morte decanter from Esque Studio. Each is hand-blown, and as such has its own haunting characteristics. Choose from gold white or black.


We Are Vessel


Posted in anatomy, street art with tags , on March 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

NYCHOS creates incredible, exploding, expanding, madly deconstructed pieces of street art.


Like a recipe of classic Beauchene Skull’s in paint, anatomy textbooks and the bubbly, colorful stylings of lowbrow art…these murals must be a wonder to behold in person.





Nunzio Paci

Posted in anatomy, art with tags , on February 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I am always drawn to art that fuses man and nature, perhaps because my worldview is so aligned with the interconnectedness of all things.

Nunzio Paci creates images that are rather like Gray’s Anatomy left outside to sprout.


Look closely. Fibers of muscle blend into branches…creatures dwell within bodies as if they are taking sanctuary there…


Nunzio Paci

Jeremy Messersmith: Organ Donor

Posted in anatomy, animation, music video, video with tags , , , on February 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This charming little video comes from one of my friends via the SWS facebook page (Thank you Christine!)


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