Friday, October 10, 2008

blood [& art]

i've always been drawn to the
careful presentation of blood in art. i say careful, because it can easily be gory or gratuitous, causing the art to loose depth, complexity and the ability to speak. blood, done well, has the ability to mark a piece, draw the eye, create a narrative. it speaks to mortality, life, mystery. it contains themes of violence and grace. at one point i was considering how i might use blood in an actual piece but shied away from the idea because... it's, well, blood. right?
jordan eagles does most of his art with blood. he mixes it with other agents to create fantastic displays of colour and pattern. he preserves it resin to maintain the vibrant hues of red that can only be seen in fresh, oxygen exposed, living blood. check out his recent show... new blood.

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