The practice of self-mummification, once performed by Buddhist monks in Japan. The monk would start by eating only nuts and seeds to strip them of their body fat, then move to drinking tea made from the urushi tree. The poisonous tea would cause vomiting to further their weight loss, as well as help dissuade insects from disturbing their body after death.
Born in Sydney and based in San Francisco, Pasquale D’Silva is an illustrator and animator spending his time making Art & inventing Software at Elepath Studio. His work is often humorous and super-fun. Pasquale is also an awesome person, he loves dogs, bears, Tumblr, the woods and dinner dates. We met Pasquale thanks to Jenna.
The visual universe of French illustrator Jeremy Profit is located somewhere in a generic suburban environment, where sprawled houses, streets and trees are the only reference points. In every scene the quiet environment has just been hit by a, non always specified, catastrophe (a natural disaster? riots? war? ). The houses reveal their fragile nature, their interiors are left exposed and the construction materials torn apart.
The detailed marker drawings depict a situation which is somehow tragic and resigned at the same time, with a sense of passive acceptance of the catastrophic event by the small passersby inhabiting the scenes: “The way I build my drawings is to put some daily life pictures with violent pictures coming from photo journalism about war, disaster that capitalism bring everywhere in the world, my drawings speak about that and about the mental depression on our society, working class has been destroyed, people are trying to survive individually on a such violent society without real hope of a collective change.” (src. article from SOCKS & Interview with Jeremy Profit on Futuristika)
Alicia Savage is a self-portrait photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her fine art photography is very much a documentation of her life and mind as a 29-year-old woman exploring life; inspired by her surroundings and recent travels. “Photography has opened my mind and heart to understand myself and the world beyond what is assumed; to always be inspired by my curiosity and imagination of what is and could be.”