Let’s take a brief intermission from the creepy comic collages to talk about my show opening next weekend shall we… I have been involved in menstruation awareness and reproductive rights advocacy through my art for over a decade. Some of these pieces are very intentionally horrific, either to raise awareness of injustices that can and are occurring, or to poke fun at some perceptions associated with the supposed terrors of menstruation.
With the new show coming and considering my recent interviews with Broken Doll Head, I thought I’d share some highlights from the genre as a teaser, including this Lil Miss Spurtz video from Halloween 2017.
Lil Miss Spurtz
My persona Lil Miss Spurtz was my crass and inappropriate avatar of menstruation who appeared in a series of videos released on a schedule of… wait for it… every month. Here she is having a Psycho Carrie moment while trying to take a shower.
This sculpture incorporates a textured handmade paper moon goddess face in silver, a small jar of saffron signifying wealth, faux insects, candles, and a rubber fetus. Pro-life advocates were known to hand such rubber fetuses to women entering abortion clinics, but many have appeared in art in various forms. This is meant to remind one of the old religious collections of found objects and human bits and pieces supposedly belonging to saints, prophets, apostles and even Christ himself. I’ve always found this history both creepy and fascinating.
This artwork, as seen in the recent Bodies anthology, is a more direct advocacy piece based upon the Pro-Life Nation article chronicling events that were happening in El Salvador more than two decades ago. My piece predates the overturn of Roe v Wade and focuses on some possibilities in the aftermath of such political action. It has appeared in various forms; this iteration includes a maternity shirt hung on the wall at human height with tangled fiber art accents that spill down the wall and onto the floor. Another, with the inclusion of my own menstrual blood, recently appeared in Roe 2.0 at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago IL USA.
Text reads: Gang-raped, beaten and left in a back alley to die. Pro-life nation has made it illegal to abort. The doctors say that the fetus is lodged in my fallopian tube. Carrying this child to term will most certainly kill me. This is my death sentence. My rapists, after serving only a brief time in jail, are allowed to go free.
Note: if you purchase Bodies through the link provided you will earn some money for Haunted MTL as well, and proceeds benefit charity. So Dark Lord Cthulhu says, “What are you waiting for? Shop away!”
Anyway, I wanted to share these pieces as I gear up for my next big function associated with this series of work, the release of my Ebb and Flow Journal which will be installed in Miami AZ for a year to garner donations of feminine care products for local shelters and food pantries there.
Nightmarish Nature: Zombie Snails
This time on Nightmarish Nature, we will look into zombie snails, because we were having so much with the Whore Snails recently. So this is a lot like the Freaky Fungus except that this time it’s a parasitic worm that is the cause of the horror… Leucochloridium paradoxum, the green-banded broodsac worm, forces snails to be a part of its nefarious plans to take over the world (well, really more just continue on keeping on in its strange and bizarre life cycle).
This Is What We Get for Eating Poop
The worm, which spends much of its life as a parasite in birds’ digestive systems, is part of a weird cycle that includes both birds and snails, though the snail end is much creepier. It starts when a snail ingests worm eggs in bird droppings. These eggs hatch into worm larvae that eventually turn the poor hosts into zombie snails! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
The worm larvae work their way up into the snails’ brains and take over, hijacking them on suicide missions to continue their own life cycle. These worm larvae eventually grow large and worm their way into the poor snail’s eye stalks, pulsing and throbbing therein to resemble maggots or other tasty treats.
The worms use the zombie snails to get into their bird hosts by mind-controlling them into climbing out of the shady undergrowth where they will be easily spotted by bird predators which will feed on them, ingesting the eye stalks and continuing the worm’s life cycle as it gets into the bird’s digestive tract. The huge, bulging eye stalks are irresistible to birds looking to snatch maggots and other delicious delicacies. Eventually, after the worms are well ensconced in its bird hosts, the bird poops out more worm eggs for unsuspecting snails to ingest, completing the cycle.
You can watch this in action on Nat Geo Wild: World’s Deadliest here, if you dare. Warning, it’s a little gross but not near so much as some of the other topics we’ve covered. If you enjoyed this slimy segment of Nightmarish Nature, please check out past segments:
Snails a Whorl Whirl Whore World…
So a friend and I made some artsy snails awhile back. Essentially this was in response to her granddaughter proclaiming that her favorite animals are whorl snails. My friend heard “whore snails” and was a bit perturbed that the child would use such a word so nonchalantly, whether or not she knew what it meant. But then again toddler-speak is like that sometimes… Anyway, it stuck.
So we made some whore snails, all glammed up and ready to go. We started with these flat metal snails and then painted and decorated them, to whore them up a bit. I figured this would be apropos after my recent Valentine’s Day posts and that the end results were horrifying enough to appear here.
This is my friend’s creation. I especially like the David Bowie star and cherry bling to match her cherry red lipstick. The purple shell is a great color on her too. I think my friend went back and decorated her shell more after the fact, but I didn’t see the snail after those changes.
And here’s my whore snail. She’s a bit more of an ice queen with her deceptively lovey-dovey eyes and mouth full of poison darts, like the underwater snails do. I believe I called her a Hoar Whore Whorl Snail as when the discussion first came up I heard “hoar” and thought of hoarfrost. Hence the ice queen take…
And another friend joined us via Zoom just to visit and have fun making art together.
This little Zoomed in snail is kinda cute, like she’s out on the beach in her bikini… Mixed media on paper.
So if that wasn’t disturbing enough, check out my inappropriate Shrinky Dinks posted here before, or maybe this Eye Candy Peeps Easter basket, both taking some innocuous thing(s) turning into something… else…
Have a Dystopian Girls on Film Valentine’s Day
So it’s finally actually Valentine’s Day, and thus marks the final segment of our dysfunctional dystopian romance. So far, we’ve survived both Gen X and Krampusnacht, what else could possibly be in store? Girls on Film…
Image description: Video camera umbrella shower succubus stares through the lens at the viewer, surrounded by eerie Cthulhoid horror embellishments with text.
Text reads: Happy Valentine’s Day; lipstick cherry all over the lens as she’s falling; give me shudders in a whisper; take me up ’til I’m shooting a star; (she’s more than a lady)
OK so this Valentine’s Day dystopia ends in a Duran Duran video, because of course it does. If the video doesn’t load properly, you can find it by following this link. Girls on Film.
Here’s the camera eye succubus all by itself, for your viewing pleasure. Actually this is the original original image from an Unselfie performance art piece in the shower before I decided to forego the umbrella. Girls on Film.