Flesh Lampshade

New Portraits Available in my Etsy Store by Neal Auch

“Extreme seductiveness is at the boundary of horror” ― Georges Bataille

I've added prints of these three portrait images to my Etsy store. These shots are all somewhat old, but they have not been available for purchase until this moment.

These portraits, like all of my works, are very much informed by the idea of memento mori (Latin: "remember to die") and draw inspiration from both religious portraiture and also 17th century vanitas still life paintings. These images might be thought of as an invitation for the viewer to reflect on the certainty of death and the fragility of life. In all three compositions we see beautiful models posed alongside decaying and rotting animal flesh, a reminder of the proximity of death and the vanity of pleasures of the flesh.

The first image of this series features infamous queer model Oscar James Grace holding an arrangement -- perhaps an offering -- of dead birds and dead flowers.

In the second image of this series model Laura Dynamite tenderly nurses a dead duck. I like the juxtaposition between the image of a woman nursing (an act associated to reproduction and the rearing of new life) with the decaying flesh that she cradles.

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Finally, in the third image of this series model Sarah Samedi poses alongside a real lampshade that I built out of raw and fetid goat stomach. This piece employs the rotting flesh lampshade as a reminder of the omnipresence of death. The eerie mottled orange light falling on the model's face reminds us of the spectre of mortality and juxtaposes nicely with the cooler tones of the studio lighting on her right hand side.

Enjoy!

Help Sarah Make Ends Meet by Neal Auch

Sarah, the model whom you might remember from my last portraiture shoot, has been fighting uterine cancer since well before I met her. She's been out of work for some time, her partner is currently between jobs, and they've set up a Go Fund Me campaign to try and make ends meet during this difficult time. She's an awesome person and a talented model and if anybody out there can spare some cash to help her out that would be hella awesome.  Go HERE to help Sarah out, every little bit helps.

Model Shoot: Sarah Samedi by Neal Auch

I recently had the pleasure of working with Hamilton-based model and makeup artist Sarah Samedi.  Sarah has a great look and is fantastically talented.  On top of all that she is also very courageous an inspiring: not only is Sarah still booking model shoots between chemotherapy sessions, but she was enthusiastic about working with me.  And, it probably goes without saying, my portraiture sessions are a high bar to clear for any model: they are long, tedious, smelly, disgusting, and completely unglamorous.  It was a pleasure and an honour having Sarah in the studio.  Above are some of my favourite takes from the session, there's more in my Accord gallery.  If you want to see more of Sarah have a look at the following links:

Model Shoot: Jessicka by Neal Auch

I recently had the pleasure of working with Jessicka, a very talented model based out of Hamilton.  Jessicka has a great look, was terrifically fun to work with, and was super open minded about getting into the gore on set.  The images above are probably my favourites from the shoot.  You can see lots more shots of Jessicka playing around with dead stuff on my Accord page.

If you want to see more of Jessicka check out the following links:

  1. Instagram: @make.you.sin
  2. Jessicka on Facebook
  3. Model Mayhem

Model Shoot: Laura Dynamite by Neal Auch

I recently had the pleasure of working with Hamilton based alt model Laura Dynamite.  Laura is very talented, has a look that goes perfectly with my visual aesthetic, and was delightfully willing to get into the concept.  The images above are some of my favourites from the shoot, there are lots more to peruse in my Accord gallery.

If you want to see more of Laura be sure to check out the following links:

  1. Twitter
  2. Zivity
  3. Tumblr
  4. Facebook

Enjoy!

 

    Model Shoot: Glodeane Brown by Neal Auch

    I recently had the pleasure of doing a model shoot with the talented Glodeane Brown, a model, interior designer, and writer who blogs about art and culture over at Culture Fancier.  (She's on instagram as @culturefancier, if you wish to see more.)

    Glodeane was lots of fun to work with and a great sport about getting up close and personal with all the nasty things in my studio, especially since the goat stomach lampshade hadn't been properly refrigerated and was getting ripe by the end of the shoot.  I've put a handful of my favourite captures from the shoot above.  There are lots more images, which you can peruse in my Accord gallery.

    New Still Life Arrangements by Neal Auch

    Crucifix with chicken feet and pig casings.

    Crucifix with chicken feet and pig casings.

    I've added several new arrangements to my Still gallery.  Probably my favourite is the image above.  For whatever reason the arrangement reminds me of Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi,  a nun and Christian mystic who would be canonized as a saint some years after her death, in the late 1600s.  I've always been fascinated by de Pazzi, whose self-flagellation and nail-lined corsets suggest something more like masochism than religious ecstasy.  The Wiki page on de Pazzi contains this delightful quote about her death, from Armando Favazza's Bodies Under Siege:

    At about age 37, emaciated and racked with coughing and pain, she took to her bed until she died four years later. Her painful gums were so badly infected that her teeth fell out, one by one. Her body was covered with putrefying bed sores, but when the sisters offered to move her she warned them off for fear that by touching her body they might experience sexual desires... A large statue of her holding a flagellant whip can be seen in her church in Florence, where people around the world still come to pay her tribute.

    Enjoy!

    Book bound in sheep stomach with dead flowers and sheep stomach lampshade.

    Book bound in sheep stomach with dead flowers and sheep stomach lampshade.

    Dead flower with chicken feet and cow tongue.

    Dead flower with chicken feet and cow tongue.