11 August 2011

Skullful Art

Alastair Mackie is yet another London artist to use taxidermy in the most fascinating art. This "painting is actually comprised of Hornets pinned in tight rows (see right).
This orb is made from mouse skulls digested by barn owls.
Any indigestible parts of an owl's prey is regurgitated as a compressed pellet. From these pellets, the skulls are extracted and a sculpture is born.

10 August 2011

Death and Filmmaking

Suicide... or a Movie? How about both? A study has found depictions of Suicides has tripled in movies from 1950-2006.
Without a doubt the topic is one of the most dramatic ways to propel a turning point in the story. The character can go no lower- all is lost. What better way to show it?
Some of the greatest scenes in film history are those that capture this state of mind.

Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums" displays a wrist-slicing by Richie Tenenbaum who cannot deal with the rejection of his stepsister and overall feeling of failure.

The hanging scene of an ex-con who found the outside world too lonely after his release in "The Shawshank Redemption" was similarly disturbing.

However the subject of Self-death has been brilliantly represented in comedies like John Cusack's consistent failure of it in "Better Off Dead".

As well as the successful homicidal ones Christian Slater and Winona Ryder pulled off to make Suicide a craze in their high school.

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