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6 Things To Keep You Company In Desperate Times

Posted in Audio, Eyecandy, Hair & Fabric, Horror / Goth, Medicine / Anatomy, Moving Images, Sculpture by Suzanne on July 13th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

As I'm trying my best to deal with an ever mounting misanthropy and overall sickness provoked by an insane amount of existential bullshit thrown at me while being repeatedly kicked in the guts and brains by this thing called "life", I decided to distract myself for a while and check out what some of my favourite artists have been up to. Here are a few random recent works by people I admire highly... and who help me keep going:

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Laurie Lipton: Lace & cobwebs

Lachrymose Lace by Laurie Lipton, charcoal and pencil on paper, 57 x 40.2 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

Laurie's most recent piece, Lachrymose Lace, has been opening a portal in my head. The gap in the row of pearls, the little threads sticking out of the lace, the irregularity at the bottom of the veil echoing the cobwebs, the waxy tear are all obvious signs of her artistic genius bordering on visionary madness.

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Joao Ruas: Metal & alchemy

Etching Progress by Joao Ruas, 2011 - click to enlarge

Joao recently shared this progress picture of an etching he's working on with his readers and it perfectly illustrates his love affair with the meandering line, his sincere craftsmanship and his uncanny range of talents.

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Xhxix: Casts & buttons

By Xhxix, 2011 - click to enlarge

Xhxix/非/hi likes to create a bit of mystery around himself and seems to really only have a Tumblr - which I almost certainly discovered via Nana.

Above is his newest digital piece and I think he is one of the very few artists who - with his dark yet playful eroticism - has actually turned me slightly more mellow towards the hipster male.

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Richard Stipl: Thorns & daggers

By Richard Stipl, 2011 - click to enlarge

Via Fuzzy Ladies (and therefore quintessentially via DR Tenge) come these new works by the glorious Richard Stipl.

... and finally, two disturbing visual feasts via Substrom and Sang Bleu

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"Ehm... I guess it's some kind of graphic."

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Yes, I know Possession is overused and tumblrified to the extreme, but there's something hypnotic about this piece here:

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6 comments to " 6 Things To Keep You Company In Desperate Times "

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    AkaTako says:

    "Whip My Hair" IS oddly mesmerizing.... Your intro text to this post describes how I've been feeling lately too. Thanks for sharing what keeps you going. Is nice to be reminded sometimes.

    July 20th, 2011 at 1:38 am

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    Suzanne says:

    It is, isn't it?

    I'm sorry you're going through tough times too, my dear. Maybe we should team up and fight back. :D

    July 20th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Here's my weapon of choice: http://www.vovapen.com/VO-Viking-Edition

    July 20th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

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    AkaTako says:

    Now THAT'S a weapon!! I think I'm going to have to start looking for a more effective weapon than my rapier wit. ;)

    July 22nd, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I'm not sure about your size, but: http://www.jeffdeboer.com/Galleries/CatsandMice/tabid/77/Default.aspx

    July 22nd, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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    AkaTako says:

    OOoooh those are so pretty!! I love the samurai cat armor.

    July 24th, 2011 at 5:47 am

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