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Lauren Satlowski’s Subversive and Saccharine Figures
For some time now, I’ve pined over the works of Lauren Satlowski. Her technique, the odd subject matter, and the saccharine colors appeal to me in a very visceral way. I hesitate to label her work as a juxtaposition of ugly/beautiful, but that’s the best way I can describe it. Using jewel-toned hues and photo-realistic rendering, her characters sometime remind me of a surreal version of Precious Moments figurines. They definitely aren’t as sweet, and are instead subversive.
For a while now I’ve been blown away by Maiko Takedas work. The Japanese designer create these completely mind blowing headdresses made from acetate bristles. I’ve always been obsessed with masks or things that cover your face. There’s something rather disturbing and fascinating about not being able to see someone’s eyes, nose or mouth. Her work might be familiar, if you’re a regular to the blog. I blogged about Björk wearing one of the pieces during the Biophillia tour. She is currently one of the finalists in the ‘International Talent Support’ competition. I really hope she wins. She’s cool as fuck. The amazing photos are shot by Masaaki Sasaki for Dazed and Confused magazine. Head over to see the full interview and more amazing images o f Takedas work. (I really hope she wins!)