Archive for April, 2009

Antique Leech Jars

Posted in antiques, macabre, vintage with tags , , on April 17, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

It’s a perfect day to share my little photo collection of antique medical leech jars. I originally set out on a google image odyssey for the word exsanguination, but it turned out to be very uninteresting.

So I give you these receptacles of a bygone era, used to house the slimy little agents of bloodletting.







I think this one is my favorite:

En Francais!

No frills…

And here’s a lovely vintage leech chart:

Personally, my body does not like being without its blood. Bad things happen.


Edward Kwong

Posted in art with tags on April 16, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Since one of the first Edward Kwong pieces I saw involves my very favorite hyphenated phrase, I had to look further.


He has some uniquely detailed work that almost reminds me of stained glass panels.


Never have I seen a “siren” that appears to be made of stone, glass, cement and fish scales…but it works.


See more on his site.

Mischievous Vintage Toys

Posted in dolls, vintage with tags , on April 16, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Here’s a small vintage doll interlude inspired by this post.



It seems some mischief is afoot…




Then there are those in need of an exorcism.



Someone call in this guy!


And I just like this image:


The Making of Closer

Posted in film, meat, music, music video with tags , , , on April 15, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

It was 1994. I stayed up past my bedtime, delicately dozing off in front of the TV in hopes of catching the Closer Video. Nine Inch Nails entranced me in a visual universe that became a catalyst for many of my developing interests.


I had a sixth sense for this video. The barely audible sound of that hissing heartbeat could jar me out of the deepest sleep. I had to watch.


My heart goes out to my mother. She got wind of the lyrics and felt her tiny tween was headed for a life of violence, promiscuity and general depravity…none of which I ever even dabbled in. My sober, stable mind was such a wonderland in itself; imagination was all I needed. For all I cared, the lyrics could have been about lollipops and jellybeans.


I came across this great behind the scenes documentary about the video, which may not be for everyone but is a must see for those who love the aesthetics of the Closer video. You’ll see what went into creating images like this:


…and hear director Mark Romanek discuss everything from Mary Poppins to rotting meat.


I just realized that half the tags I use in this blog can apply to this post. Ever feel like something was made for you…even before YOU were aware of it?

Andrew McAttee

Posted in art with tags on April 15, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Okay, I’ll admit it: I find Andrew McAttee’s paintings disarming. I’m usually not drawn to dizzying brightness, but McAttee does such a magnificent job in his depiction of…what I imagine a Care Bear would see after ingesting massive amount of psychedelics.


In the artist’s own words:

My aim is to provide the viewer with a colourful riot of gravity-less forms set in highly layered, seemingly endless space with a sense of ambiguity, humour and celebration.


These paintings are a sensory orgy of graffiti, comic book, pop art and abstract style. I admire the way he infuses a sense of movement, energy and optimism.


Don’t you just feel alive?

See the rest here.



Nikki Pinder

Posted in art, ephemera with tags , on April 14, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Nikki Pinder’s collages are layered with gorgeous bits of art, found objects and ephemera. The rustic, muted colors perfectly compliment the subject matter.


I love her Mechanics of Mind series; busy landscapes that fuse and juxtapose human, machine, insect, animal and nature.


Though surreal and whimsical sights, these pieces are narratives, ready to reveal themselves to curious minds.


She also does crafty merchandise.


See more on her site.

Idiot Box

Posted in art with tags on April 14, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Gallery 1988 just featured an absolutely massive collection of TV themed artwork entitled Idiot Box, bound to strike a nostalgic chord with those of us who grew up with popular programs in the 80’s and 90’s. A few of my favorites:

“Marlon Fraggle” by Matt Dangler:

“Cherie’s Fridge” by Gideon Boomer (Wow…does anyone else get this reference?!):

“Uncle” by Doktor A:

“What the Smurf Are You Smurfin At?!!” by Joey D:

See the rest here.