Constructing New Realities: The Unique Vision of Artists with Schizophrenia

As English artist Louis Wain’s schizophrenia worsened, his adorable anthropomorphic cat drawings turned into psychedelic pet portraits full of bright colors and repeating patterns. All of a sudden, his calendar-ready artwork twisted into something uncomfortable and otherworldly. The change in Wain’s work is profound and brings into question how much his illness influenced his art.  …

Seven Brutal Songs Spawned by Dark Literature

This originally appeared in Dirge Magazine. Dark art leads to more dark art, and some of your favorite creepy literature served as fodder for the eclectic music below. Tenebrous Kate shared some of her favorite lit-based songs in an earlier Dirge post. Here are some more: Metallica – “One” Dalton Trumbo’s anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun inspired this headbanging…

Trina Merry and the Fine Art of Bodypainting

Trina Merry created a series of striking images of models camouflaged in with local D.C. landmarks. Here, she talks more about her visit to D.C. and her unique work. On your website, you say musician Amanda Palmer introduced you to bodypaint. How did this meeting happen and how did it change you?  I worked in…