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[studiobscure] Mahlimae + Interview

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For the second [studiobscure] appontment I had the opportunity  to peek inside the studio of one of the kindest and most talented artist I’ve met since starting Reflectedfaith. I’ve already featured Nicole/Mahlimae  and her lovely creatures on this post and today, I am very happy to present you a short interview with her. She told me a bit about her art, her working space, the tools she uses and the several mask she wears. The pictures she sent me are focused on small details, close up pictures of materials and tools; they do not show her studio in his entirety (hey … don’t tell me you really thought you could see the work bench where all the magic happens, a magician never reveals his tricks!!!)  but are enough to give us an idea of the space and the atmosphere we could feel if we were allowed to step inside Mahlimae’s enchanted world.

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1) Hi Nicole, probably there is no need, my readers know you very well but can you make a brief description of yourself and your art? And what is your current project?

Well probably the best way to describe myself is a woman with lots of masks…I am 37, born and raised in suburban Brisbane, Australia and now living in the wilderness of Southern Tasmania in a home my husband and I built ourselves. For me, the most commonly adorned ‘mask’ is that of Mother, to two little girls who astound me daily with their wondrous insight, energy that seems to know no bounds, their wide eyed curiosity and sweet nature that am so in awe of.
I recently retired my Social Worker mask which I wore for a great number of years in a professional capacity; probably the most difficult years of my life have been the past few as I juggled the psychological demands of working with society’s most vulnerable, maintaining 20 acres of land, motherhood, as well as the creative pull inside my mind which was growing in its insistence daily. It was a bitter sweet moment of achievement earlier this year when I could finally simplify life and wear my Creator mask full time (during school hours that is).
My art is something I fail to describe very well; those who enjoy my work and are kind enough to leave comments about their impression seem far more articulate in this task than I. I see them as figments of my imagination realised in small sculptures I call Echoes; they are familiar yet the unseen…lost souls…reflections of ourselves, our humanity and our connection to our Earth which we have long forgotten.
Presently my work space hosts many pieces in progress for upcoming group shows at BeinArt Gallery here in Australia, as well as Modern Eden Gallery and Stranger Factory Gallery in the United States. I am also working with the beautiful artist Yishu Wang on the illustrations for a children’s book I have written, we hope to be able to release some progress photos before the end of the year.

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2) Tell us about your studio: are you a messy artist with a lot of tools laying around in no particular order, or do you prefer having everything clean and organized neatly?

Ahh this is a good question as it really depends on what my schedule is doing at the time. In my own mind I don’t see myself as a ‘messy’ artist, although when I have a whole world of deadlines looming and a number of pieces on the go simultaneously, such as is this case now, my work space tends to defy my self concept and looks quite a disgrace. That being said, I think most of the practical tools and items remain in their place so as to retain their sense of order…the ‘mess’ seems to come from the textiles, furs, feathers, wool and other materials that I need to have at arms reach all the time to play around with.
Now that I have written this I am going to have to get in there and clean things up a bit!

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3) These days it’s hard to separate digital and analogue activities. How is the balance between electronic devices and analog working tools in your studio? 

That’s very true…although the choice to distance ourselves from a reliance upon electronic devices was made when we first moved to Tasmania and decided to run our home totally on solar power. As such, we need to be really careful about our power consumption, especially in deep winter when the sun is so timid. Whilst I still use a computer and require internet access to manage my work, I choose to keep that all in the house and other than a portable bluetooth speaker for music (which I can’t live without), the rest of the tools in my studio are hand tools/analogue. I think of it as a sacred space, a haven of sorts, so I try to keep the outside world out as much as I can.

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4) Name a couple of tools you could not live / work without?

My fingers would have to be my number one set of tools I couldn’t work without. It’s not very refined I know, but I use my fingers for the majority of my sculpting work, its instinctual and more connected, I am happier working this way. For the finer detailing I couldn’t live without my porcupine quill, silicone tools and a few fine brushes.

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5) How important is the decoration of your studio, do you hang a lot of inspirational art on your walls?

For me, the layout and items that surround me are really important, more so for the energy they contain rather than for the way they may look. My studio was built on the site we first ‘parked’ our caravan when we moved on to our block of land almost 10 years ago and is made from leftover building materials from our house so it all holds a special place in my heart. I have adorned the walls with lots of inspirational artwork from artists I admire, skulls I have found or have been gifted, crystals, birds nests, driftwood, dried flowers and just about anything that holds a connection for me.  It has a feeling of nurturing and peace when I walk in of a morning and that’s just what I need to be creative.

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dark, dolls, ethereal, faery tales, handmade, Mahlimae, Nicole Watt, obscure, sculpture, studio

dark, dolls, ethereal, faery tales, handmade, Mahlimae, Nicole Watt, obscure, sculpture, studio

dark, dolls, ethereal, faery tales, handmade, Mahlimae, Nicole Watt, obscure, sculpture, studio

I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit of Nicole’s studio, don’t forget to check her website to know more about her and to share this post on your favorite social channels.

 

Images © Nicole Watt

[studiobscure] Claudia Six + interview

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I don’t know about you, but I am always enchanted when I enter an artist’s studio. Unfortunately the vast majority of artists I like, live far away from me, but I thought that living in the internet era could maybe help me to peek inside the spaces of some of the artists I got in touch since I started this blog and my little shop.

I’ll be asking some friends to send me pictures of their studios (and by studio I mean entire rooms, but also a small corner or a desk) and to answer a few questions about how they relate to their working spaces.

In this first post of the series that I decided to call [obscurestudios], I had the pleasure to virtually visit Claudia Six’ studio, in Austria. I previously published only an [enchantment] post about her, so this is also a good occasion to know more about her art and her magic world made, puppets, dolls, other strange creatures and imaginary forests.

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1) Hi Claudia, can you make a brief description of who you and your art? And what is your current project?

I call myself an escape artist because I create a world which is an antithesis to the world around me and I invite people to come into my world, be it through installations, performances, illustrations, sculptures or theatre. Also i am a huge fan of Harry Houdini and a firm believer that art itself can be a disappearing act.
Right now I am working on an installation called „Mama Fortuna“. Mama Fortuna is an ancient and wise, mystical creature who only leaves her home (no one knows where it is exactly) once in a hundred years. In my installation you can go and meet her. But before having the possibility to finally stand in front of her, you have to walk through her forest world and solve some riddles. Mama Fortuna herself is an “one on one” performance and I am building a life size puppet, and creating the forest world with different creatures living in it.

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2) Tell us about your studio: are you a messy artist with a lot of tools lying around in no particular order, or do you prefer having everything
clean and organized neatly?

I have to admit that I am quite neurotic about my studio (which is in my house). I need it to be very organized and clean otherwise I can’t think or work properly. There are times though when I am in the middle of a project, when things get out of hand and it’s so messy that I can’t even see the floor anymore. But I try to keep these periods of time short. I do regular sortings of the works in progress and when the project is finished, I clean the whole studio again to prepare it for the new project.

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3) These days it’s hard to separate digital and analogue activities. How is the balance between electronic devices and analog working
tools in your studio?

My studio is for analogue work only. I do have a computer, but it is in another room. I try to organize my time so that I have days where I am working focused in the studio and days that are dedicated to dealing with photographs, movies, social media activities or working at my website and stuff like that. But there are times when I am pacing between the two rooms, restless, with a feeling that I got nothing done.

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4) Name a couple of tools you could not live / work without?
My need for tools is quite basic I think. I need glue, scissors, needles and acrylic colour. That’s almost it, most of the time. And of course a lot of fabrics, but I really try to keep it simple.

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5) How important is the decoration of your studio, do you hang a lot of inspirational art on your walls?
Decoration in my studio is very important, almost in the same way as it is for the rest of the house. I spend a lot of time in my studio so I want it to be my creative haven. I do not have much inspiration stuff on the walls, though; I used to have a lot of things on the walls, but my studio is quite small and I enjoy the feeling of space so I put everything down because it looks bigger and cleaner without it. What I do have on the wall is a sort of diagram about my work. It has the essence of my art on it: the materials and colours I use, the feelings I want to create. So I can check back every time I am working on something new, if I am still on track. Sounds nerdy and not very creative I guess,  but it’s crucial for me.

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit of Claudia’s studio, don’t forget to check her website to know more about her and to share this post on your favorite social channels.

Images © Claudia Six

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Daria Endresen | Thrjar jewelry – Special feature + Interview

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This week I’m very proud to feature a great digital artist that I’ve been following for some years now: Daria Endresen, from Oslo, Norway. This post is very special since Daria was so kind to talk with me about a new interesting side project. She answered some questions and gave me the opportunity to have a few exclusive editorial images of “Thrjar”. Did I tickle your fancy enough?

Let me start with the visual part.

Daria considers herself more a digital artist than a photographer, as she spends a lot more time editing than shooting, nonetheless, in some backstage pictures she put online I noticed she’s also good at making props and shooting her subjects, at least recently, as she started working with other models; in most of all her previous works, in fact, she modeled for her pictures too. Let me just add that she’s self taught and you can easily understand how talented this girl is!

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Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

The results of her efforts are surreal and disquieting pictures: pale moribund human beings, sick figures with hooks pierced through the flesh, diaphanous angel-like girls with bodies partly covered in bandages. Yes, the unconscious of Daria is scary and disturbing, but she’s really skilled at making her visions a little less violent using the right colors and light, somehow softening a bit the dramatic nature of her works.

Daria showed her art in many collective exhibitions all around the world, has a couple of pieces in the permanent collection at MACS musem in Catania (Italy), and is currently preparing her 3rd and 4th solo shows in Belgium and Finland this summer.

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Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

Among all these great activities, recently Daria felt the need to start a side project, something different yet somehow related to her visual art. After some months of secret work, some weeks ago she announced “Thrjar”, her personal jewelry line. Now I am sure you really want to know more about this, because I thought the same when I saw Daria’s first post about “Thrjar”. That’s why I decided to ask her some questions, the result is this lovely interview.

 

1) Hi Daria, thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk with you about your new side project Thrjar Jewelry.
You recently announced to your fans and followers, that in the last 6 months you have been working
on your own jewelry line. Can you explain what pushed you to start this new project? Is it just a passion for jewels, or does it have something to do with a new way to express yourself?

Hello and thank you very much for having me here :)

A little known fact from my artistic biography – I used to work at a jewelry store some years ago and I kept in touch with my former boss, who has been dealing with jewels his whole life. One rainy day, in November 2015, we were having dinner and a vigorous discussion about the modern jewelry brands, the quality of their production and the high prices they offer it for. Hours later, on his way out, practically standing at the door, he suddenly asked “Why don’t you design something? You clearly have an eye for it” – and well, that’s basically how it all started. I kept entertaining the idea and the more I thought about it, the more I grew to like it. At some point I just sat down with a pen and a paper, and thus my first collection was born.
As soon as I was sure that I can actually bring my designs to life, I began searching for a suitable name – and I had a lot of variants, but somehow none of them felt right. Then one night, unable to sleep, I remembered the name of my digital artwork –  “þrjár” – which is Icelandic for feminine plural of “three” – and at that moment I just knew that it’s the name I want to keep. “Three” undoubtedly is a special, magic number and I love the way this word is written (although I do realize it might be quite hard to pronounce – if you’re curious, you can check it out here http://forvo.com/word/þrjár/).
This is certainly a vast project for me and I deeply enjoyed working on every single part of it – I am looking forward to seeing how it will be received by others.

Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

2) Thrjar will be a line of oxidized silver jewels with Nordic designs, can you tell our readers a bit more? What inspires the designs of your pieces?

The main inspiration derives from the runes – they are the basis for all my current designs. I’ve been interested in the topic for quite a while now and I just love the aesthetics and the stories surrounding it – from the myth of Odin sacrificing himself and obtaining the knowledge of the runes, to the mysterious runestones, scattered around Scandinavia.
I called my first collection “ErilaR” – it comes from the runic inscription on the Bratsberg buckle, found in Telemark, saying “Ek ErilaR”. The scholars still argue on the true meaning of it, but the most probable one, also the one I choose to adhere to, is  “I (am the) Runemaster (Runecarver)”. I find a lot of mysticism in this short sentence – I would like to believe that my jewels carry some of it in them too :)

I also feel a deep connection to the nature of Norway and my love for it is reflected in my designs as well : tree branches, bark texture, the roughness and delicacy of it – all can be found in my jewelry pieces.

Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

3) In which way (if there is one) is this side project related to your visual art?

There is definitely a very strong connection between the two. My latest series of images is focused on the ritual, particularly one of a sacrifice – it’s dark, somewhat disturbing but also poetic and beautiful. The jewelry designs may well be a part of it – with an ancient feel and spirit and perhaps a hidden ritualistic meaning. I can very well imagine my characters adorned in my jewelry.

Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

4) I am sure you see jewels not only as a way to adorn the body, but also as a way of expressing the personality and character of who wears them. What’s the message that will speak through your pieces?

I think it’s a mix of something somber and long-lived – and therefore strong, wise and enduring; but on the other hand there is also a feminine delicate side of it. Imagine a völva (Norse shamanic seeress) – that’s what I had in mind.

Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

5) Making jewels is an activity that involves manual skills, working with physical tools and materials, something really different from your usual work behind the camera and/or in front of the computer. I recently started thinking (and believe me, I really love technology and the internet) that we all need to get back dealing a bit with tangible things and nature.
Having a small, artisanal activity or hobby is a good way to start, do you have the same opinion? Are you enjoying having dirty hands, touching concrete things, feeling them?

Absolutely! For me personally it has been a very nice change. There’s definitely something special about crafting, you can literally feel the material and modify it to your liking – moving around pixels does not feel as tangible. Also, silversmithing is an ancient craft and it’s been practiced and honed for centuries – working with something that my ancestors might have been doing is like going back to my roots and somehow realizing that connection”.

Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

6) Since I started the blog, I featured a lot of female jewelry makers, Wolf + Sadie, Hvnter Gvtherer and Cindy Leper just to name a few and I am sure you will be soon part of this new generation of dark artisans. Do you have any name in particular that inspired and / or encouraged you to start working on this project?

Ah I absolutely love Wolf + Sadie and Hvnter Gvtherer! I’d also like to mention Bloodmilk and Red Sofa Jewelry – feeling lucky to have some of their pieces in my possession. There are quite a lot of other smaller brands, very often one-man businesses, that make amazing original designs – and it’s always inspiring and motivating to read about their artistic journeys.

Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

7) To close this small interview I think you can tell us when and where we will find your jewels. Will you be opening an online shop soon? Do you plan to have some distributors too? Or is it maybe too early to talk about it?

My website www.thrjar.com is pretty much ready – just a couple of final touches and it will be out, available to the public. The actual sale will start next week, on May 23rd – and if you are too impatient to wait for it, you can check out my instagram @thrjar.jewelry , where I post all kinds of updates, teasers, and Nordic-related content.
As for the distributors, I do have a couple of local Oslo stores in mind, and I suppose wholesales are not out of the question – but indeed all of this hopefully will come later on.

Daria Endresen, Thrjar, digital art, jewellery, dark, art, runes, interview

So I really hope you enjoyed reading about Daria’s art and her brand new project Thrjar, remember that you can help Reflectedfaith by sharing this post on you favorite social networks!

Images © Daria Endresen
Models : Katie Metcalfe  –  Ingvild Eiring – Elbereth Lasombrae
Skull work : Ceethava

Daria Endresen Website

DETHJUNKIE* Interview

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I can’t remember exactly when I started following DETHJUNKIE*, at first was the name that caught my attention and then its content. Simple images, nothing more than pictures, but so inspiring and dark that years later, I still wait the moment when the curator behind DETHJUNKIE* updates the timeline with new carefully chosen images.
Some weeks ago, I was searching the internet to know more about this inspiring blog and, finding almost nothing, I went straight to the source and asked some questions to the curator. I am, therefore, proud to present you the first (and very exhaustive) DETHJUNKIE* interview on the net!

 

1) Hi DETH*, thanks a lot for giving me the possibility to talk a little about your blog. Let’s start with an easy one. Do you remember when you started DETHJUNKIE*? Was it for fun, a way to express yourself or any other reason?

The blog began when I discovered Yimmyayo’s blog. At that time I had never seen something like it before. The description for his blog was “Visual crack for the ocular fiend”, which stuck a chord with me. It spoke to me because of the way that the images were like drugs, they got me high, and I got hooked on them.

The images on his blog were displayed without credits mostly, which allowed me to just see the image. The image was removed from context, and it felt like something unique, a scrap of paper that I found on the ground. No back story. Mysterious and blank, and i would fill in my own story in my head. Most of the images on his blog were or at least seemed to be just internet noise, random, scraps, refuse nothing that anyone would miss. Images that you could cherish for their obscurity.

This experience was the beginning of DETHJUNKIE*. At that time I was simply taking photos and saving them to a big folder on my computer. Just tons of photos, anything that piqued my interest. After I had a bunch of photos I would post them. There was no real reason to it at that time… It was far before Tumblr had become well known. For me it was simply a place to post photos that I dug… for myself. I’ve likened it to the feeling of the (American) wild west… anything was fair game, no rules, no fences or boundaries… and also no one around to care. It was freedom. Freedom to say anything, post anything and BE anything.

So that is how it started, but after many years of posting I have been able to reflect deeper on why it started. Let me start with the name. The name at the time kind of just popped into my head, but I think it had something to do with me making a cynical reference about DJing. I was a dj at the time and was doing to much drugs and partying and got kind of jaded from the whole experience. The name was my way of stabbing back at the culture of consumption and “deth”.

After the initial stab at DJ culture I realized I was stabbing at something a little larger. I was really just talking about Deth culture everywhere. Modernism, consumerism, America. How I have described it before is “deth” is similar to “death” but the difference is “death” is dying… forever, silent, dead, gone, at peace, passing on, no more… the end of the record. On the other hand, the “deth” that I am referring to is kind that everyone is addicted to… When you goto the movies and see guns being shot, people getting killed… your not thinking about those people being dead, but the sensation of their dying. An instantaneous and tantalizing moment. I released that it carries over into broader culture in various forms. Take for example cigarettes. Everyone knows they are killing you… but you smoke them, because you are getting high from the deth…. The sensational experience of dying. We drive fast cars to feel the Deth, we drink and do drugs to feel the deth. We obsess over deth.

This is why the blog exists. The freedom that I expressed earlier, the wild west of the internet, being able to say, and be anything you wanted was freedom. So I posted naively, innocently, images that spoke to me. It was not till later that I was able to look at the blog and be like “wow this shit is kind of dark and fucked up”.  I didn’t think of myself that way… Certainly the person who I was seeing was not the same person that was on facebook, or whatnot. This new person was not being judged or critiqued, so they were able to post what they truly wanted to.. and what they posted was evocative and disturbing.

At that time I asked myself “is this really me??”… the truth was that it was. …I was a victim of Deth, and participant of Deth, a product of Deth, and a reflection of Deth. At that time the innocence of the blog was to some extent lost. I realized that what I was posting was meaningful to me, and for some reason therapeutic to me for releasing it. I have told people that if the blog had a voice.. it would be a scream.

It is the scream of anger, frustration, angst, distrust, and fear about the culture of Deth that we are part of.

 

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2) First post / latest post: what has changed?

As you will begin to see many of these answers are tied together, so I will be referencing a lot of stuff I have said already.

The first posts were innocent. They we’re just me posting stuff that I was drawn to.

Now, the innocence is gone, but the passion and feeling still remain. The color palette has grown tighter and the images are much harder to find. Mostly due to the fact that Tumblr has grown so much. The chances of seeing something truly unique and evocative are less as it grows.

3) What does and image need to be posted on your blog? It isn’t just a matter of esthetics, right?

My college thesis was based on my tumblr. This forced me to ask myself these questions to a far greater extent than I would have ever wanted to before. I was pleased with the innocence of the expression, but after having to ask myself these deeper questions (and write a 30 page paper on it) I have boiled it down to two words.

SEX & DEATH.

“Wow, that is vapid” right? That’s what I said to myself too until I began to think more about it. What is sex? …Sex is creation. And what is death? …Death is destruction. The two most primal elements of the human experience. Creation and Destruction.  We are uncontrollably drawn to these forces. We are these forces. …One can go into far greater depth about this topic, but I wont for this interview.

The images that spoke to me from the beginning were ones that had both SEX and DEATH in them. They spoke to my deeper self. My soul. My animal.

When people have asked me how I chose images I said… Animal Magnetism.. and I still do.

 

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4) What are your favorite sources? Do you spend a lot of time searching for content? How much of it is created by you?

99% of all the content on the blog is reblogged from other people, mostly through Tumblr. I have posted a few of my own works but for the most part the content on DETHJUNKIE* is simply a curation of images. My voice comes through with the juxtaposioning of the images.

The words are not mine, but the story is.

5) You’re from US. How much your city and country influence your work?

I would say that my country has affected me more than my city. The Deth culture I was speaking of is not only an American syndrome but it is very prevalent here. I should have said earlier that around the same time I discovered Yimmy’s blog. I saw the movie American Psycho for the first time. I feel like it disturbed me so much that the blog was a reaction to it.

 

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6) You often feature war/weapons/police realated images. I clearly see a political messege behind, am I wrong?

More recently I think there is a subtle agenda, not a political one necessarily but a soul agenda, an awakening of a wolf. I try to keep my agenda blank but it is hard. All of the images are speaking to my soul, and my soul is speaking through the blog. After the innocence of the blog was lost, I feel that the images have more responsibility now. While still being shocking and disturbing their aim is not to celebrate Deth, but to expose the dystopian nature of our world. They are meant to evoke, and awaken you… not meant to lull you to sleep. …Like I said before it is a scream.

7) Nowadays everyone use  the internet to post selfies and speak about every little detail of his live. You have a totally different behaviour on your blog, you reveal almost nothing about yourself and I don’t think it’s because you’re shy. Can you explain why to our readers?

This started from the very beginning. The only reason (at first) was because I didn’t have to reveal who I was. I was stealing pictures and posting them. Disturbing pictures, erotic pictures, violent pictures. Things I didn’t wouldn’t want to talk about at the dinner table. So obviously I chose not to… and given the chance everyone should have an alter ego. It is very freeing, and can reveal things about yourself that your regular ego cannot see. I think after a while I realized that the stuff i was posting was coming from a deeper place and that if i tried to claim it for my ego it would destroy the purity of the expression. That is what I have acted on ever since.

8) I’ve always thought that DETHJUNKIE*  is really dark and obscure, are these characteristics that reflect your personality?

I have to pass this questions for one reason… Dethjunkie* is not me, it is you. Who I really am doesn’t matter. People create me in their minds, people become Dethjunkie*.  Dethjunkie* the spirit is beyond ego, the message and the art.

This is part of the reason for posting in the way that I do and for keeping my identity secret. I want people to really see the art. Actually see it before asking… who did this?

You look at a painting a whole different way when you know it is a Warhol, or a Van Gogh.

 

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9) Blogs are mainly considered forms of comunication, a way to speak about yourself or your activities. DETHJUNKIE* , to me, looks more like an art form. Do you agree? Do you consider yourself an artist?

Tumblr is a blank slate, a tool. I choose to use this blank slate as a gallery, and there are many blogs that are amazing at doing this.

On the other hand there are blogs that are based around people. “This is me… This is what I like”. These blogs are fine too. I think it is really amazing how you can look at someone’s blog for 40 pages without thinking about that persons race or sexual orientation. …You bond with them, you like the same things, and then… you realize “Oh.. this person is _______” … and then your perception of whatever the ______ is to you changes. In that sense I love personal blogs because they are pseudo voyeuristic, but often very honest and real.

10) You recently started to sell apparel with DETHJUNKIE* logos and quotes, did your fans appreciate it? Are you planning to do more DETHJUNKIE*  related stuff? Maybe something like DVST magazine?

I have always loved clothing design and teeshirts, so it was just something I thought would be fun to do with Dethjunkie*. I would love to build a brand around Dethjunkie* but it is very delicate because I don’t want to interfere with the artistic integrity of the blog. I want people to be able to identify with the art that the blog is, and be like “this is me” and feel proud about wearing a t-shirt.

I would love to be able to grow the art into a greater format like another DVST style magazine, but these things take money… capitalism etc. It goes against the foundations of the blog which is “The joy of not being sold anything”.

11) Last question: do you plan to keep feeding our head for long time?

Note that a positive answer is required here!

I wish I could say the blog will last forever but I can’t. I am amazed it has lasted this long. That is to say that… I will always be hungry for images, fiending for ocular crack, and feeding my head, but will the Tumblr platform stay the same wild west, and allow for freedom of expression? Who knows.

I will say that… people who have followed me since the beginning will know that my posts have grown more infrequent. This is for a number of reasons… Over the past 5 years I have gone to college, gotten a degree in Design and met the love of my life who I am now married to. Needless to say those things take time away from blogging.

With that being said it should be noted that I will only ever post the best images, that speak to my soul… that draw my in and evoke me. The Animal Magnetism that has always guided me will continue to guide me.

I feel confident that as long as there is internet… there will be DETHJUNKIE*

Thank you for allowing me to speak, and as always…

*FEED YOUR HEAD

-DETH*