Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

by suzanne_tumblr on May 3rd, 2010




(via saintwire, oliviaphoenix)

(via -weowntheskies)

This is strikingly familiar (and is tangentially giving me a demented urge to cultivate myself an ensemble exactly thus to wear for a delightful day of pedagogically discussing post-colonialism with 80s-fashion-reviving 18 year-olds who ask whimical questions about whether vagina dentata is real), but I can’t quite place it. …Anyone?

This is Narcissa et la confidence de la Lune by Julien Martinez, 2009

Here’s a view of the whole ensemble: 

WurzelArt Gazette March 2010 - Grab A Sammich

by Suzanne on March 12th, 2010

Work in progress by Joao Ruas, 2010

Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes and please pardon the radio silence. Our Angelique Houtkamp show was insanely busy and Angelique is now back home in Amsterdam and I can't tell you how relieved I am that she didn't get squeezed to death. Even our glass domes and the baby skulls are still intact - which clearly defies logic if you've seen the crowds at the opening reception. Some originals and the baby skulls are still for sale, so keep your eyes glued to Nelly Duff - I will upload details soonish.

Anyhow, it's March; which means the spring awakening of the beaux arts. Lots and lots and lots to report about. But since I have absolutely no idea where to start, I decided to give you some sneak previews of what my favourite WurzelArtists® have been up to recently.

This is only a small selection, but as you can see, people have been as busy as bees on coke and 2010 is going to be an amazing year for the visual arts, methinks.


Fables cover #94 by Joao Ruas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Joao has been up to A LOT and it's always fascinating to see all the diverse things he's directing his talents to besides his work for Fables.


Skin Deep by Jeremy Enecio, watercolour and acrylic on paper, 2010 - click to enlarge

The maître of tentacles and albino amazons has recently impressingly widened his repertoire to zombies for Zombies in Love at Gallery Nucleus.

Jeremy Enecio’s contribution to 100 Heads for Haiti, 2010 - click to enlarge

Oh, and he's just finishing the piece above for the 100 Heads for Haiti fundraiser. Nice.


Bruise and a study by Adara Sánchez Anguiano, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge

For those who hadn't noticed: Egon Schiele has been reincarnated in the shell of Adara Sánchez Anguiano and given a box of happy coloured crayons.


Further (in progress) by Eric Fortune, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Eric keeps on bringing the chiaroscuro to his futuristic faces. Further will be on show at CoproGallery from this weekend onwards.


The Raft by Tiffany Bozic, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge

Tiffany's Raft print is finally available through Joshua Liner Gallery.


Dive (detail) by James Jean, 2010 - click to enlarge

James Jean's Dive has been given the posh Pressure Printing treatment.


Pull the Blinds by Christopher Conn Askew - click to enlarge

If, however, you're on a much smaller budget, get your hands on one of Chris Conn Askew's gorgeous new open edition prints.


Poupées by Miss Van - click to enlarge

Meanwhile, does it seem like someone's slowly running out of ideas?! Miss Van releases an overpriced giclee of her 5-year-old Poupées. Hmm...


Cixi (in progress) by Marina Bychkova, 2010 - click to enlarge

Marina, au contraire, has been tirelessly working her poor little paws off on one of her newest creations, Cixi. Here seen in progress.


Véruka Vampirica (Blythe custom) by Julien Martinez, 2010 - click to enlarge

In other doll news, Julien Martinez has spookified yet another unsuspecting Blythe doll. Say hello to Véruka Vampirica.


Wither by Isabelle Royet-Journoud, 2010 - click to enlarge

... and finally, Mme Isabelle Royet-Journoud looks a bit like a customised undead Blythe doll herself in this masterpiece of a self-portrait.

While here at Wurzeltod HQ, I've been mainly standing annoyingly in front of yet even more great art...



by suzanne_tumblr on March 12th, 2010

Véruka Vampirica (Blythe custom) by Julien Martinez, 2010

by suzanne_tumblr on January 11th, 2010

Lavigna Vampirica by Julien Martinez, 2010

Four years ago, when Julien’s oeuvre consisted mainly of 3D.. errm.. let’s say interpretations of the works of Mark Ryden and Ray Caesar I had quite a falling out about him not using his (obvious) talents in a more noble way.

Tempers have calmed down a lot since 2006 and he even made me like Blythe dolls a tiny wee bit, which I thought impossible.


by Suzanne on February 6th, 2006

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Nora...

Helmer: "How unreasonable and how ungrateful you are, Nora! Have you not been happy here?"

Nora: "No, I have never been happy. I thought I was, but it has never really been so."

Helmer: "Not—not happy!"

Nora: "No, only merry. And you have always been so kind to me. But our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. That is what our marriage has been, Torvald."

(Excerpt from Nora - A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen)


Julien Martinez - Doll Artist

© Julien Martinez - click on image to enlarge

Despite being a rather obvious muse-thief who borrows his ideas from uniquely talented artists like Ray Caesar (examples removed), Camille Rose Garcia (here) and even Mark Ryden (here and here), Julien Martinez has a rather twisted mind and two very talented hands indeed...

After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as long as you don't make any money with it.

Yotsuya Simon - Pygmalionisme

© Yotsuya Simon - click on image to enlarge

Yotsuya Simon's official site is a stunning showcase of his mechanical and anatomical sculpture work since the 1970s.

Jin Yamamoto - Anatomical Doll Artist

© Jin Yamamoto

Jin Yamamoto is a veritable homo universalis. His work ranges from etchings, drawings and graphic design to well, doll sculptures.

Dolly † Vivian

© Dolly † Vivian - click on image to enlarge

I must admit that I never really worked my way around Dolly † Vivian's site. All I know is that whenever I visit them, I find surprisingly erotic and deeply scary dolls in their historical doll universe.

Tomizaki Nori - DigiDoll Créateur

© Tomizaki Nori - click on image to enlarge

Tomizaki Nori seems to be obsessed with the idea that Alice's Wonderland was in fact a place filled with pig hearts, human-sized maggots, lizards, coffins and iron maidens.

You might have already guessed that he's Japanese too...

William Coupon - Doll Photographer

© William Coupon - click on image to enlarge

William says:

"I have an extensive doll collection and through their graciousness, have been allowed to photograph their image with 4x5 digital equipment as well as the large 20x24" format polaroids."

And in other dollish news...

i) AshTrayMouth - This anti-smoking website lets you put dirty socks, dead rats, meal worms, cockroaches, and decaying fish into the mouths of cuddly little dolls. (via BoingBoing)

ii) The Birthday Massacre's video to Blue is back online. Sadly, the song is still very irritating and the video quality is even worse than before, but you can see some of Scott Radke's spooky puppets in it.

iii) Joe Sorren has finally added a paintings archive to his website. (via Phantasmaphile)

iv) Our beloved Mr T. Brown has contributed his Eyelicker painting as cover for the new EyeLicker compilation CD. The CD is now available for pre-order at Sublight Records. It features unreleased cuts by Venetian Snares, Richard Devine et al.


¹ Please also see Notes From The Haunted Dollhouse No° I and II.