New Artwork – “Tiger Dream” (Series surREALITIES)

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Tiger Dream by Ina Mar
Tiger Dream by Ina Mar, 2009, mixed media (photo, drawing, collage, text), series surREALITIES

The “Tiger Dream” is an atypical erotic encounter between a tiger and a young boy.
It’s the description of a dream situation: A girl dreams of a boy lying on her bed, his head slightly leaned to the back, showing his uncovered neck. The girl’s head transforms into a tiger head. She carefully takes his neck into her mouth. She does not bite him or hurt him.

The tiger’s spoken words (“Is that you lying on my bed? I promise not to hurt you.”) are written over his head while the boy’s intime thoughts (“It would be nice to be sexually abused by you.”) are written inside his head.
There is also a sleeping child inside the boy’s head (reference to Egon Schiele’s “Blind Mother”, 1914) and the words “still a kid deep in his soul”, alluding to innocence.

I wish to create a contrast between innocence and sexual pleasure (two facets of the boy) as well as gentleness and violence (two facets of the tiger).

Here’s a detail of the artwork:

Tiger Dream by Ina Mar, detail

Tiger Dream by Ina Mar, detail

The palette contains “agressive”, “unrealistic” colours (blood red, deep orange, black and saturated yellow), that allude to the dream world.
The size of the original is 19.7 in x 15.7 in (50x40cm).
The techniques used are digital photo, pencil drawing,
photocopy, collage, digital manipulation.
Series:
surREALITIES
Where to buy it: You can buy a reproduction of “Tiger Dream” on Imagekind.

New series: surREALITIES

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Hello, long time without updates…

I am currently working on some artworks for my new series “surREALITIES. It will be a series of surrealistic/fantasy images using mixed media, namely a mixture of photography, drawing, scanned painting, photocopy, scanned objects, as well as texts or poems I’ve written. I am trying to mix not only media but also the mind conditions: realities, remembrances, dreams, sensations are mixed with daydreams, trances, virtualities and visualisations, till the limits between them are blurred. The images and accompanying texts have the hallucinatory quality of dreams, though confusing with the presence of trivial elements.

The first artwork I just published is called “Futile Attractions #01“, a dreamscape / erotic phantasy showing a woman suffering from hallucinations induced by desire. The image explores the  capacity of desire to transform reality.

The palette is suggestive to the human body (skin tones, flesh tones, earth brown, blood red, light pink) in order to give the image sensuality, a bodily presence, a human presence. Used the canvas as a container for bodily sensations that come to an explosion through mental pictures described by the woman in the text. The textures give the image a vintage look.

The object on the right top is a black chain, disposed in a way that it makes an allusion to both a phallus and an umbilical cord. At the same time, the woman is “floating” in an embryon-like position. This umbilican cord symbolizes her connexion to the beloved person: physical and addictive.

Futile Attractions by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media

    Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

     Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

The size of the original is 80 x 60 cm (23.40 x 32.00 inches).
You can buy a reproduction of “Futile Attraction #01” on Imagekind. Please avoid very small reproductions, because the text will not be readable and the texture effects will not be visible!

One of my inspirations for this work was Cy Twombly’s “Ferragosto” series, especially for the choice of colours:

Cy Twombly, Ferragosto IV

I’ll soon be publishing the second artwork of the series, “Your ocean”, in blue and yellow tones.