CHASM Timed Print Event Begins Monday

The vernal equinox is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to reopen my shop. I’m kicking winter to the curb with a timed 48-hour print release.

CHASM // Our Heroine Adrift in the Vernal Tides

CHASM // Our Heroine Adrift in the Vernal Tides

CHASM will be available as an 11x17" signed giclee print on certified archival paper. She's unframed and ships worldwide.

The launch goes public on Monday, March 20 at 7AM PST. Orders will close 48 hours later at 7AM PST on Wednesday, March 22. 

Until The Future,

Zo

The Tulle Bunny and The Underpinnings Museum

Part Josephine Baker, part FKA Twigs, I came up with this rosy confection after being inspired by the exquisite detail of vintage lingerie – and listening to a lot of FKA Twigs, too.

Click to see her bigger.

Researching head-pieces, lace, velvet and tulle, and getting lost in costuming websites while working on this was pure delight. Playing with watercolors for the first time in a small eternity to capture all that texture and detail was something of a thrill, as well.

Now, I'm delighted to announce that The Tulle Bunny is available at two reward tiers at the crowdfunding page for The Underpinnings Museum, created by designer Karolina Laskowska and freshly-launched today. This wonderful project aims to offer an online exhibition of vintage and, eventually, modern-day lingerie, with detailed imagery of every garment and historical information. All of this will be supplemented with specially curated exhibitions, blog posts and constant new additions. As an example of the museum's inaugural collection, here's a pair of 1930s tap pants that inspired part of my drawing: 

Just look at all those tiny hearts! I, for one, am terribly excited about the prospects of poring over the gorgeous details of vintage and antique underthings, as well as learning about their construction and the context in which they were created. Give the exquisite art of lingerie a proper home on the internet, built by true devotees – help fund The Underpinnings Museum today!

Auxiliary Magazine Interview & Editorial

I just picked up the tearsheets from the spring 2016 issue of Auxiliary Magazine, where I talk about the evolution of my Alien Botany multimedia art series and offer a taste of things to come. This feature includes an editorial I art-directed and styled alongside a bit of micro-fiction I wrote to offer a different glimpse of the Alien Botany universe. Explore below!

And the images on their own, so they can receive the individual attention limited page counts cannot offer.

Our Annual Birthday Sale is Here

It's July, which means my birthday is around the corner – and I'm kicking the party off early. 

Until July 31, everything in the shop is 15% (or more) off. Pick up a signed print or two and stock up on Alien Botany wearable art – dresses are available in limited supply and there are just three pairs of leggings left, so ordering sooner than later is recommended. 

When You Gaze Into The Bern, The Bern Gazes Back

Last month I wrote about my Bernie Stardust drawing's adventures with The Art of a Political Revolution exhibition. This extraordinary show has continued its travels and grew until it ended up in New York, where it opened on Saturday to a crowd and some surprise guests: Bernie Sanders, fresh from his trip to the Vatican, his wife Jane, and a few other family members.

Imagine my delight when I found out that Ann J Lewis, a fellow exhibiting artist, happened to get this video at the exact moment of Bernie and his granddaughters looking at my drawing:

Participating in this exhibition has been such a gratifying experience already, and this managed to elevate it even further. As an artist who primarily works in the surreal and fantasy realms, I'm proud and happy to have been there from the start, drawing the one candidate who's managed to add a little magic and a lot of hope to American politics. 

Today is the last day in New York, so if you're on the East Coast, I hope you're able to drop by. Details here.



 

Bernie Stardust, Making Rounds

In December, I did something for the first time: I drew a portrait of a politician. Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, casting a hopeful glance into the future from a cosmic backdrop.

I called this drawing, "Bernie Stardust". It was two weeks before David Bowie died. I decided to use the illustration for stickers, which, at $3 each, have scattered all over America and raised $400 for the campaign. 

The original drawing is currently on the road with the official Bernie Sanders art exhibit, The Art of a Political Revolution, having traveled from California to Texas and Massachusetts, so far. It's fair to say that this drawing has had its share of adventures, and now here's another: it's on a flyer for an upcoming rally in New Jersey. You should go. 

Hangin' at the Coffee Shop

If you're in Northern California this month, you can see Alien Botany prints in person at 3 Bees Coffee in San Mateo. 

I've been coming to this cozy place on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis since we moved here from Dublin, and it won my heart and respect with excellent coffee and Proper Coffee Shop Atmosphere.

Also, I think this may be the only place in downtown San Mateo that actually showcases local art rather than whatever interior decorators or corporate offices decree acceptable. 

So, when the owner spoke to me about hanging here, I was delighted to add my work to the walls I spend so much time in.

The show should be up until the end of February unless something goes awry. I look forward to seeing how the locals react to extraterrestrial flora and cosmonauts in distress in the otherwise familiar space. Though I kept the work PG 13, judging by the looks I got while hanging, this should prove illuminating for all involved.

Thank you, 3 Bees Coffee, not only for your consistently delicious beverages, but also for curating adventurously and supporting local art!

 

Dawn

Since 2001, biorequiem.com has been my home online. From its clunky inception as an art portfolio, HTMLed, badly, from my decrepit-but-beloved second-story apartment in Chicago's Little Puerto Rico district to the sound of thunder and stray bullets, to its years as a bustling alternative fashion and lifestyle blog, it has endured many incarnations. A few older ones:

Today, it's a bit of everything, housing my photography galleries, blog posts and a detailed overview of the numerous projects I've taken on, from journalism and publishing to filmmaking and humanitarian work. A hybrid of preservation and presentation.

Recent years have seen a metamorphosis in my work, my perspective and my passions. Amidst these shifts, my focus returned to art completely. As the work multiplied and took on a cohesive shape, it demanded a home of its own, which brings us here. Biorequiem.com will continue to serves as a space for photography, personal blogging (should the mood strike and time permit, no promises) and everything else, while ZoeticaEbb.com will serve as a dedicated space for new art and related news.

This design feels so right. Sparse, with focus solely on new work I haven't shown in full anywhere until this moment. A clean sheet of paper, cocooning a life yet unknown.

Have a look around and enjoy this first look at Alien Botany's progression so far.