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Blood Tea and Red String

by Suzanne on January 29th, 2006

© Christiane Cegavske - still from Blood Tea and Red String

Where to start?

Christiane Cegavske is a puppeteer, a doll artisan, a Victorian & Edwardian couturière, a painter, a book maker & poet, a board game designer... and, as I just found out via the all-knowing Miss Kerry Kate, an insanely talented film-maker.

Her newest stop-motion feature Blood Tea and Red String (watch trailer) is her "labor of love of the last 12 years", as Christiane puts it.

Her synopsis of the movie:

"Blood Tea and Red String is a charming story of love and greed, creation and loss, life and death.

This dialogue free film tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart's desire.

The Mice commission the Oak Dwellers to create a beautiful doll for them. When she is complete, the Creatures fall in love with her and refuse to give her up. Resorting to thievery the Mice abscond with her in the middle of the night.

Meet fantastical creatures and view dazzling scenery as the Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak journey through this mystical land to reclaim their love.

A heart rending musical score that was composed and performed by Mark Growden accompanies all of this beauty."

San Francisco folks have the incredible luck and honour to see the world premiere of Blood Tea and Red String at the S.F. Independent Film Festival.

The two screening dates are:

Thursday, February 2nd at the Castro Theater at 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 4th at the Roxie at noon

Watch trailer

Oh, and if you like Christiane's work, why don't you buy some precious things to show her your love and support?


by Suzanne on January 28th, 2006

via Michelle - click to enlarge

"Eiskalt war Olimpias Hand, er fühlte sich durchbebt von grausigem Todesfrost, er starrte Olimpia ins Auge, das
strahlte ihm voll Liebe und Sehnsucht entgegen und in dem Augenblick war es auch, als fingen an in der kalten Hand Pulse zu schlagen und des Lebensblutes Ströme zu glühen."

(Excerpt from E. T. A. Hoffmann's "Der Sandmann")


© Tara Hardy for Colagene

3AM Photography | Agents of the Area | Andrew Schoultz | Arkitip Issue 32 | ArtKrush | BoyGirlParty | Camilla Engman | Colagene | Creatures in my Head | Daniel Hyun Lim | Doma | Evan B. Harris | Fumi Minnie Nakamura | GlanzKinder | Honey Eat Your Salad | Iron-On Resistance | Jason Limon | Jeremiah Ketner | Jeremy Forson | Kas Projects | Little Paper Planes | Lola Strange Art | Mariline Fiori | Matt Furie | Monchacha | PiperBoy | Poison Control | Ruby Mag | Subversive Cross Stitch | The Drama Issue 7 | VektorThunder | Warren Heise


A History of Early Visual & Popular Media - A historical raree show of early vintage visual media and their usage. (via Ample Sanity)


Still from "A Sorta Fairytale"

A Half Man - Directed by Firas Momani for this year's Sundance Film Festival.

A Sorta Fairytale - I just can't believe I've never seen that video clip from Tori Amos' Scarlet's Walk before...

A Walk in the Park - Short animation by Fran Krause (via Ample Sanity)

Birds - Weirdness produced by Pleix / Blink. Music: Vitalic (via Fecal Face)

Clara - Another scary little piece by the twisted Van Sowerwine.

Glósóli - Video from Sigur Rós' "Takk" album. Hmm... I'm not too convinced this time. You can do better than that, boys.

Toothy Bunny - It's aliiiiiiiive! Thee Eevil Rabbit ov Caerbannog is back! Hurrah! (via Geisha Asobi)

In other news, Klav sent me a link the other day that makes my eternal search for good video clips more or less obsolete: Another Brick In The Wall - A Site Devoted To Music Videos. Thankies!


© Mark Bodnar

Mark Bodnar & Bob Dob at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Finissage: Tomorrow, January 29, 2006

Portrait of the Artist at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

→ Finissage: January 31, 2006

→ Featuring: Lisa Alisa, Shawn Barber, Shepard Fairey, David Flores, Helen Garber, Aaron Hawks, Eric Kroll, Anne Faith Nicholls,
Joshua Petker, et al.

Ray Caesar's Sweet Victory and Chris Mars' Subderma at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, USA.

→ Finissage: February 4, 2006

Nachtschattengewächs at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

→ Vernissage: February 7, 2006

→ Featuring: Elizabeth McGrath and Tanya Misery Thompson

Picks of the Harvest: Batch Two at Thinkspace Gallery in L.A., USA.

→ Finissage: February 15, 2006

View flyer for full artists listing

BLK/MRKT 01 - Artists' Annual at BLK/MRKT Gallery in Culver City, USA.

→ Finissage: February 25, 2006

Joseph Beuys in Aktion - Hommage zum 20. Todestag at Stiftung Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf, Germany.

→ Finissage: March 19, 2006

Please also keep an eye on the left sidebar for more upcoming events.


Adventures of Pinocchio (by Carlo Collodi / English)

Healing Hands (ongoing online comic by Derek Kirk Kim / English)

Summa Theologica Prima Pars (by Saint Thomas Aquinas / English)

The Voyage Out (by Virginia Woolf / English)


Chris Ryniak (by Forever Fifth Grade)

Luke Chueh (by Fecal Face)



For the first time in years months, Juxtapoz is actually worth reading. So if you don't have their special pan-Asian January edition yet, go get it!

Oh, and if anyone plans to get the February edition too: Could you please scan/copy Annie Tucker's article on Patricia Piccinini for me? Thankies.


I'm not gonna be around much for the next few days. I'm working on a presentation on "Johann H. Füssli and the Erotic Art of the Eighteenth Century". Meow.


by Suzanne on January 23rd, 2006

It's always a great pleasure for us here at Thee Temple to hear from our artist friends when they release new work and increase their œuvre. And it looks like the turn of the year 2005 to 2006 was a particularly prolific time for some of our all-time favourite WurzelArtists™.

But please see and marvel for yourself:

Ray Caesar

© Ray Caesar¹ - click to enlarge

Most of you have probably seen the announcement in the left sidebar a few weeks ago: Ray is currently showing new works at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in N.Y.C.².

On the occasion of the exhibition, he also updated his portfolio with pieces from the ever-so enchanting "Sweet Victory" series.

Thank you, Ray, I know that I'm not only speaking for myself when I say that I almost died waiting for your new works.

Mark Holthusen

© Mark Holthusen³

Mark writes:

"I saw you profiled my work, I have a huge new project up: Ça Ira - the illustrations of Roger Waters new opera."

Wow! Thanks for letting me know, Mark. As always, I'm in awe of the psychological depth of your work.

Scott Radke

© Scott Radke⁴ - click to enlarge

This must be Scott's 138707527 mention on this website and each one of them was well-deserved.

He's back once again with a new series of cute 'n' scary bird sculptures.

Fiona Dalwood

© Fiona Dalwood (a.k.a. Egenerica)⁵ - click to enlarge

Fiona writes:

"Well Miss Suzanne, I thought I’d drop by and thank you for the traffic… as well as point out that my little beasts now have their very own home at PostLoved."

Hurrah! I'm so happy to hear that your dolls finally have a roof over their shattered little heads. Congrats, Fiona!

Jessica Joslin

© Jessica Joslin⁶ - click to enlarge

It's time to admit it: I'm a Joslinoholic. I can never get enough of Jessica's insidious sculptures and Jared's dreamy paintings. I discovered the other day that there are at least three new creations in Jessica's little Wunderkammer. I'm beginning to think that she's in fact a cloned femme d'artiste from 1920s Paris who never sleeps and bathes in absinthe. No-one could possibly get so much work done and still be so immensely inspired.

Finally, two newly discovered artists also got Thee Official Stamp ov Wurzelpproval®:

Vania Zouravliov

© Vania Zouravliov - click to enlarge

Vania writes:

"Hello. I am a young Russian artist based in London. I work for Erotic Print Society, Fantagraphics and several Japanese magazines. I love your website and would like to show you my work."

Ooooooh! Thank you so much for showing me your work, Vania. I'm deeply impressed by your stunning work and deeply honoured by your email.

Kris Knight

© Kris Knight - click to enlarge

Kris writes:

"I love your site Suzanne. You have great taste in the dark, the sweet and the historical."

Awww... how flattering, Kris. I love your site and work too. I first stumbled upon your paintings about a year ago on Garden of Sweden and I mentioned your website a couple of times before - so I really thought it was about time to take this opportunity and introduce your work properly.


Today is my website's 3rd birthday (Wooo!), but much more importantly, it's the 20th anniversary of Joseph Beuys' death.

I miss you, Joseph...


¹ Previously featured.. uhmm.. everywhere.

² Finissage: February 4, 2006.

³ Previously featured here.

⁴ Previously featured here and here.

⁵ Previously featured here.

⁶ Previously featured here.

Le train de la mort

by Suzanne on January 18th, 2006

Cover illustration for Charles Selby's London by Night, 1886 - via Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories

"Voulez-vous que je vous dise pourquoi vous n'avez pas peur de la mort ?

Chacun de vous pense qu'elle tombera sur le voisin."

(Jean-Paul Sartre, extrait de "Le diable et le bon dieu")

Today at around 1:45 PM the IC 255 „Verdi“ from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale suddenly crashed into something and lumbered on for half a mile before the train conductor pulled the emergency brake just outside the village of Reiden.

Just like every Wednesday, I was sitting in the front carriage of that train, returning from my seminar on women in Renaissance France.

The train stopped so abruptly that most of us were thrown out of our seats and I was pretty certain that the train would derail sooner or later. Just as I was attempting to find the emergency handle to open the window the train came to a halt.

As it soon turned out the crash that we in the front carriage heard and felt was in fact caused by someone who plunged onto the railway track.

The train crew immediately locked the doors and asked us to stay in our seats and wait for further instructions.

What followed then were undoubtedly some of the most agonizing, irritating and disillusioning 60 minutes in my life as a homo sapiens sapiens with a 1489 gramm brain.

So let us gather the facts again: Our train ran over a person who - by mistake or by intention, no-one knows - threw him-/ herself onto the rails. IC 255 „Verdi“ then crushed his/her bones and spread his/her guts out over half a mile in the picturesque scenery of Reiden before someone obviously decided to pull the brakes and call the ambulance and the police.

For some very obscure reason, however, whenever something unexpected occurs, human beings prefer to discard the facts and analyse the situation as they please. It's indeed a strange phenomenon that a whole carriage of trapped (and by nature not particularly inventive) train passengers (me excluded) can suddenly develop a huge imagination and excitement about the possible causes and circumstances of an accident. So apart from mine, not a single mouth remained shut.

Those who didn't grab their mobile phones and breathlessly chatted to their wives, lovers, secretaries, grannies and hamsters, indulged themselves in trivial psychology and abstruse conspiracy theories. After less than half an hour, the private life of the (hypothetically) suicidal victim was fully dissected and analysed.

It's incredible what people assume to know about other people's problems.

Amongst others, my all-knowing fellow passengers decided unanimously that¹ "suicide is always a totally irrational act of sheer panic", and underlined that "his suicide won't solve anything - it will only create more problems for everyone involved", and, most creatively put, that "he would definitely regret what he did if he was still alive". You must have had at least 7 (unsuccessful) lobotomies in your life to come up with such comical cognitive nonsense.

Meanwhile, under my cosy kitty-eared hood that covered my face in darkness, my iPod was playing "ShiTe" by ohGr, which never made more sense.

I pondered whether I should join the discussion by throwing in Kant's categorical imperative, a couple of quotes from Hannah Arendt's "Vita Activa" or J.-P. Sartre's "L'étre et le néant". In fact, I was even thinking of presenting an accurate calculation of the impact a Swiss IC 255 train has on 80kg of manmeat when it approaches with a speed of 197 km/h or tell them that the police forces in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden have a special team to scrape off bodies from roads and rails, but I decided that it's safer for everyone to pretend I'm asleep. Finally, after almost an hour, the train continued its journey, the voices faded away and I was left with utter contempt for the blatant arrogance and ignorance of my co-passengers towards the life of someone they've never even met.

They didn't want/seem to understand what really happened: A person just died in front of our eyes.

Who are we to speculate on other people's state of mind?
Who are we to arrogate that we will ever understand what drives a person to take such extreme measures?
Who are we to condemn others who had enough of this world and no longer want to be part of it?

With an almost unworldly patience, I've long been trying to shut my eyes and ears and tolerate the intolerance of my fellow men, but it's days like today that set my faith in the intellectual and emotional evolution of mankind back to zero.

"Il faut un double soleil pour éclairer le fond de la bêtise humaine."

(Jean-Paul Sartre, extrait de "Nekrassov")


¹ The following 3 quotes are original statements from my co-passengers on today's 13:04 IC 255 „Verdi“ from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale.

Im Auge des Pfauen

by Suzanne on January 12th, 2006

© Colette Calascione - click to enlarge (thanks, Phantasmaphile!)


Schwerer Vögelregen
auf nacktem Baum:
so leicht vibrierend
von lebendigen Blättern
kleidet er sich.

Aber der Schwarm stiebt
hellblauer Februar
liegt mit dem Abend
auf den Zweigen.

Zart ist mein Leib,
entblößt für die Flüge
des Schattens.

(19. Februar 1935 by Antonia Pozzi, 1912-1938)


© Heather Nevay

Andy Ward | Art Krush | Art Prostitute | Ben Frost | Blood is the New Black | Clandestina #41 | Elzo.be | FrankenStyles | Greg Houston | Heather Nevay | Hello Duudle | InkSurge | Jotto | Kristian Olson | Le Wub | Masayoshi Mizuho | Not So Simpleton | Shift 110 | Tra Selhtrow


Flyer for When Genevieve Ruled The World

When Genevieve Ruled The World - She's already got a pony. She wants the world.

La Chute de l'Ange - Bittersweet b/w animation about the fall of an angel.

Tattooman - Stunning animation about anthropomorphic tattoos brought to you by Scifi.com (via Yoni).

Bea Camacho's ‘Enclose’ - Performance during which Bea Camacho crocheted herself into a cocoon with red yarn. (via Glubibulga).


Les misérables Tome I, II, III, IV & V (by Victor Hugo / French)

The collected works of Henrik Ibsen Vol 6 & Vol 7 (by Henrik Ibsen / English)

The Devil's Dictionary (by Ambrose Bierce / English)

The Time Machine (by H. G. Wells / English / Audiobook)

And finally, some incredibly beautiful gems from The Library of Congress' Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room for Children's Literature:

The 12 magic changelings (by M.A. Glen / English / Illustrated)

The baby's own Aesop (by Walter Crane / English / Illu.)

The Children's object book (by F. Warne & Co. / English / Illu.)

The Circus procession (by McLoughlin Bro's. / English / Illu.)

Death and burial of poor Cock Robin (by H.L. Stephens / English / Illu.)

London town (by Thos. Crane & Ellen Houghton / English / Illu.)

Stories from Hans Andersen (by Andersen & Dulac / English / Illu.)


Chris Mars interview (by Decent Content)


Ryan Burghard - His blog has been featured here a couple of times before. Now, Ryan is back with his own website. Well done, monsieur Burghard!


Huuuuuuuuge thanks to Meagan and Thomas for sending me Christmas presents. I'd never even dreamt that anyone would actually click on the Amazon® button. You're not only extremely generous, you also proved that you have exquisite taste. Yoshitomo Nara and Charles Burns are indeed two of my favourite artists/writers ever. Thankies! <3

Ein gutes neues Jahr

by Juju on January 1st, 2006

Ein gutes neues Jahr - if indeed this is your New Year, not really sure why I'm bringing you this message of festive cheer - I celebrated my New Year sometime ago and I'm not feeling very cheery but it might be because Miss Tod was kind enough to give you a present to celebrate the birth of your lord Jesus Cthulhu Christ.

The devout may wish to read further scriptures, The Misadventures of Hello Cthulhu

Having broken my self imposed posting embargo here are a few pearls I've had rolling around in the hermitage for some time... usual apologies if they are hideously out of date and you've seen them all before.


*starlet*'s photography as hosted on Flickr.

Photo Decadent I'm sure that you all know of this already but if you don't it's worth a look from time to time (though perhaps not all of the time) - here is a nice little cut to illustrate the point... the Little Red Riding Hood is particularly nice.


From time to time I wish I was learning Russian rather than German, well I suppose if I'm really honest I wish I had completed my learning of German and moved on to Russian. If either of these two facts were true I might have the faintest idea of what is going on here... as it is I can just look at the pictures and guess.

A while back I was in Prague, lovely city lovely architecture - particularly liked their metro and it's Soviet styling. This was no real surprise though as I have a soft spot for Soviet design. So I was pretty pleased to find a link to a site detailing Soviet architecture in Slovakia on WeMakeMoneyNotArt. I hope their plans to expand the site included a trip to their neighbours.

Some of you may be formulating elaborate plans to make and break a New Year's resolution. May I humbly suggest that we all give a little this year and try our up most to spot a new crypto-species for Cryptomundo. Personally I plan an expedition into the darkest recesses of the hermitage to see just what is making those odd sounds.

Finally... some of the more inquisitive forum denizens may have noticed Flinders request for some discussion on the subject of food... I had thought initially he'd wanted to swap couscous recipes but on reflection I think he may have been wanting to discuss some of the more exotic foods of the world... perhaps along the lines of this? Is that close to the mark Flinders? Trust me it gets more exotic as you go down the page but the prison wine may save you from a grizzly fate.

Bon Appétit, and I'd like to echo the fuck easter thing