“[Lady Gaga is] the first person I’ve brought directly into a performance. Other artists have wanted me to vomit on them but I said no! I chose her because I knew she understood what it was all about. She appreciates performance art. So doing that stuff live with her, with that kind of energy from the crowd, was really amazing. … We didn’t glamorize anything. All of my performances are meant to inspire viewers to question the concept of classic beauty and femininity, rather than perpetuate those standards girls and women are faced with every day; the ones that cause eating disorders in the first place! I think there’s an obvious difference between using my body to create something beautiful and to express myself rather than using it to harm myself and conform to society’s standards. My work rebels against those standards! I do understand how it could be triggering to some, but as an artist I can’t censor myself to keep everyone happy.”
Excuse me, but I’m still giving for having a hard time tearing away my side-eye from Millie Brown, the self-described “vomit artist” who barfed on Lady Gaga onstage during a SXSW show last week. Brown has been artistically puking in public for years (she claims to do it “every couple months”) and said Gaga invited her onstage to shove her fingers down her throat and barf green liquid after they both realized they were at SXSW. Pop star Demi Lovato, who has suffered from an eating disorder, accused to the two women of “glamorizing eating disorders,” tweeting, “Putting the word ART in it isn’t a free card to do what you want without consequence.” But Millie Brown is an artiste and she says pish posh to that: she told BULLET magazine that the performance was supposed to be about “the idea of purging all that bad energy and getting rid of it.” Okay, sure, whatever. As someone who has a dear friend with an eating disorder, I still can’t get past how Brown is essentially teaching people how to be bulimic by sticking their fingers down their throats. Art fart. [Bullett]
I’ve been in such a hibernating, antisocial bookworm mode lately that I barely leave my bed except when it’s absolutely necessary. These days (at least until the weather warms up), a stack of books and a hot cup of tea is my idea of a perfect Saturday night. If you share that sentiment, then you’ll definitely appreciate the gorgeous images of Canadian photographer Joel Robison, which are fairytale-esque visual odes to two of his favorite things: books and tea. I just want to climb into that photo above, don’t you? Check out his beautiful Flickr photo set, Chapters, for more of his amazing work! [Design Taxi]
Scientific studies have shown that looking at original art activates the rewards system in your brain. My personal studies have shown that eating a donut does too. So I can only imagine what kind of happy-making cerebral fireworks would be set off by looking at this 18×24 inch original oil painting of a box of donuts. Delicious and artistic? Don’t mind if I do! [$225, Roz Art]
In a move I can only call brilliant, Starz Entertainment Group art director Suzanne Heintz shunned the traditional marriage and family life in favor of something far more unconventional. For the last 14 years, Heintz has been living with her strong but silent husband Chauncey and her never-rebellious teenage daughter Mary Margaret as part of an art project she calls “Life Once Removed.”
We’ve all been there: being needled by friends to “put yourself out there,” being pressured by family members to “settle down and have kids.” Enduring the same indignities, Heintz was thinking about her single life, walking past a retail liquidation store that sold mannequins when she said she realized, “I can buy a family!” And she’s been photographing their life together ever since — traveling all over the world with her family of “mute quadriplegics” and loving every minute of it. If that’s not unconventional enough for you, Heintz also has a real, live-in boyfriend of seven years, but has no interest in marrying him. Yet, she plans to renew her vows with Chauncey this June in front of friends, family and mannequins. Keep reading »
“American Horror Story: Coven” has been over for a few weeks now, but our love for Fiona, Myrtle, Cordelia and the rest of the witch gang is forever. So, imagine our excitement when we stumbled upon a collection of “AHS: Coven”-inspired fan artwork (totally frame-worthy, IMHO) from members of the deviantART community. To see the whole collection, head over to depthRADIUS, but first check out our gallery to see which pieces were our favorites.
I know some of my fellow bibliophiles balk at the idea of cutting pages, but I have a real soft spot for book art. What I love most about these evocative sculptures by Malena Valcárcel is their suggestion that something within each book is alive. Check out more book sculptures on The Mary Sue…