I decided to name her Lenore, and she is a slight nod to Edgar Allan Poe, as well as a reference to my general dislike of meat with bones (long story...).
Andromeda is a little messier than some of the other Misfits. There is a dash of Greek mythology mixed with a small amount of Alien face hugger.
I don't often make artwork inspired by fashion, but the works of Alexander Mcqueen had been very inspirational to me. Out of all of his work, his Fall 2009 collection left a long lasting impression on me. I felt absolutely compelled to make an art piece of my own upon hearing of his untimely death, and an entry in the Misfits collection just seemed fitting to me.
For my inspiration, I looked to the tones and textiles of McQueen's Fall 2009 collection, as well as the Leigh Bowery styled makeup that inspired McQueen himself.
As a child I remember watching Nick Cave's music video for Where The Wild Roses Grow featuring Kylie Minogue, and being struck by the beautiful shots of Kylie lying motionless in the water. I loved the serene expression on her face as she calmly sang to the song. Years later while studying art history I learned of Sir John Everett Millais' painting Ophelia, which depicts William Shakespeare's Ophelia from Hamlet. In my version of Ophelia, I tried to pay homage to both Cave and Millais.
Sam is a blend of Elle Driver from Kill Bill, with a healthy dash of Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium series. Her bleeding eye was inspired by a recent eye infection that I got, and my desire at the time to rip out my eye in order to ease the overwhelming pain. Fortunately, I didn't succumb to any of my gory inclinations and still have both eyes! -_o
Lulu is the sadest clown in the circus.
Alicia is another one of my interpretations of Alice in Wonderland, this time placed in the universe of The Misfits.
Sakura was inspired by Björk's beautiful music video for her single "Cocoon" as well as the single's album cover. The art direction for both are quite incredible and inspirational. The album cover, which is of Björk with a mouthful of red licorice noodles, was particularly inspiring.
It's been a while since I got around to making a new piece of art or an update to this site. Needless to say, I'm still alive. I've had this idea rolling around my mind for a few weeks now and finally had a moment to output it. Inspired by Lego mini figurines, obviously... with a bit of a dark twist as usual.
"How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower. How skilfully she builds her Cell. How neat she spreads the Wax. And labours hard to store it well, With the sweet Food she makes. In Works of Labour or of Skill, I would be busy too: For Satan finds some Mischief still, For idle Hands to do." Isaac Watts
I've slowed down a bit with the updates... but I am still alive. Much has happened over the past few months, but I have found time to make a few paintings throughout that time. One of those is Hildi, the newest member of the Misfits.
Originally I wanted to make a traditional "Calavera Catrina" skeleton makeup inspired painting, but it quickly evolved into something related yet different. In the end I drew inspiration from Rick Genest's incredible skeleton tattoos as well as from the cover photography by Patrick Demarchelier for Madonna's "Justify My Love" single.