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Surface Layers 11 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 11 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 3 0 Surface Layers 10 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 10 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 1 0 Surface Layers 9 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 9 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0 Surface Layers 8 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 8 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0 Surface Layers 7 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 7 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0 Surface Layers 6 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 6 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0 Surface Layers 5 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 5 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0 Surface Layers 4 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 4 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 1 2 Surface Layers 3 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 3 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 1 6 Surface Layers 2 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 2 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0 Surface Layers 1 by velveteenrabbit Surface Layers 1 :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0 Spiraling Out Detail by velveteenrabbit Spiraling Out Detail :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0 Spiraling Out by velveteenrabbit Spiraling Out :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 1 2 Studio by velveteenrabbit Studio :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 1 7 Springboard by velveteenrabbit Springboard :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 2 2 Perishable Package by velveteenrabbit Perishable Package :iconvelveteenrabbit:velveteenrabbit 0 0


the weightless sessions by hypnothalamus the weightless sessions :iconhypnothalamus:hypnothalamus 26 2 The Morrigan by Artemisia52 The Morrigan :iconartemisia52:Artemisia52 434 46 Fukinagashi - side view by LaughingTree Fukinagashi - side view :iconlaughingtree:LaughingTree 56 37 Bound into by EvanCampbell Bound into :iconevancampbell:EvanCampbell 996 163 The Slug by DerekWalborn The Slug :iconderekwalborn:DerekWalborn 1,005 235 The Bird by Snigeln The Bird :iconsnigeln:Snigeln 126 12 Laziness by ANTONINA-art Laziness :iconantonina-art:ANTONINA-art 1,146 98 Alice after Wonderland by ANTONINA-art
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Alice after Wonderland :iconantonina-art:ANTONINA-art 413 42
desperation by ANTONINA-art desperation :iconantonina-art:ANTONINA-art 901 63 far away dreams by ninja-pi far away dreams :iconninja-pi:ninja-pi 12 9 jump now by emeseszorenyi jump now :iconemeseszorenyi:emeseszorenyi 8 2 Landscape Design-3 by Ozlem1001 Landscape Design-3 :iconozlem1001:Ozlem1001 254 74 Sit and Listen by siamesesam Sit and Listen :iconsiamesesam:siamesesam 115 48 Third Eye by hothat Third Eye :iconhothat:hothat 2 3 Superwoman Lives For a Day by mari-kris Superwoman Lives For a Day :iconmari-kris:mari-kris 11 13


This is the wall text I had next to my installation, Surface Layers:

I know my finger; I know its shape, its scale, I know the tiny rivulets that spiral on its surface.  Yet when my finger touches something hot, cold, rough or smooth, my finger's world expands as I absorb information about these other surfaces.  Despite the layers of skin that separate the cavities of my body from the outside world, these perceptions seep through.  I spend ages comparing how I internally experience the world to what I am externally led to believe a healthy human body should be.  Language, a seemingly objective form of communication, can be used to establish a universalized ideal of anatomy.  However, one's body can never be anything but subjective.  Everyone experiences the world differently and sensations can seem beyond verbal communication.  How often does one encounter a feeling that words can't describe?  Art is the medium through which I attempt to communicate these emotions and find a way to accept the unique human form that I, as well as every other being, inhabits.  
I use the inside of the mouth, the ridges of the spine, and the tips of toes as representatives of the most sensitive elements of the human form, where exaggerated experience is most present.  By forcing the extension of these tactile anatomical elements, through abstract three-dimensional constructs, I want viewers to feel the pressure behind the forms and perhaps find shells in which they can see themselves.
Each piece contains an element that was appropriated from a former work.  Often, this involves violently ripping or carving a material free from its former container.  I then integrate the material into a new project.  This destruction and re-creation represent the way that our bodies are constantly forming, dying and then forming anew.  While our image may remain constant on the outside, every skin cell dies and is replaced once every seven years.  Thus, becoming attached to the body as it is now and trying desperately to keep it from evolving into something new is a futile attempt.  
Drawing is the core of my practice because it holds the residue of an artist's movements and a sense of bodily presence.  I call my process "drawing in space" because I use linear gesture whether I am putting charcoal to paper or looping wires.  Materials are also key - I rely on translucent fabrics, plastics, and adhesives because they both disclose and conceal, much like our permeable skin.  The fragile materials change depending on the environment.  I seek delicacy because I want to force recognition of how susceptible our bodies are to damage but also how lovely they are due to their transformations.
The pieces are a record of the human condition of entropy.  I spend hours wrapping and draping material.  I then drip and melt on top of these preciously created bodies so that globs build up and seep into puddles of revulsion.  This process is a reflection of my desire to embrace bodily deterioration, such as scars, bruises, sagging skin, and broken nails, as a reminder of who I am, where I've been and the sensations I've collected along the way.  I want to find a way to put myself back into my own skin instead of being caught in some notion of an idealized form.  Skin, both protective and vulnerable, is my motif because it is, at the most basic level, the porous bridge that provides a gateway between my internal experience and my relationship with the rest of the world."


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United States
A messy little fiend.


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goEataBoxofLychees Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
its rather ridiculous how much I love all of your artwork heh... its all amazing, really. :D :D
where do you get your inspiration from??!
velveteenrabbit Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all: Thank you for all the fav's and comments! I'm totally enamored with the human body and have been drawing it since I was a baby, so I tend to look towards my own body and others for material. I tend to gravitate towards very expressive elements of the human form (in particular, faces, hands, and feet).
The materials I use also influence me - I generally grab whatever I have on hand at home - saran wrap, aluminum foil, what have you - and just start playing with them by burning, melting, ripping, sewing. When I find something that excites me I go with it!
Ozlem1001 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
BrainsgoBoink Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Thanks very much for adding the mere shell of a man to your :+fav:s! It's very much appreciated!! :thanks:
velveteenrabbit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! It such a wonderful concept, and I'm a sucker for apple as symbols.
carapheonix Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007 this is going to sound weird and all but... are you interested in doing a comic? I have a profile artist whose willing to draw a few sketches for me... but no one who is willing to do the comic. Um... Read my journal more info. Thanks.
lucentshade Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
It's me, Lucent~ I met yuou with Sanna at Otakon last year and this year too :3

Just thought I'd stop by and say hello; you've got some really fantastic artwork! :D
aerodite Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Interface Designer
I can't believe I didn't find this before, you have AMAZING art!
scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
Okay, I just randomly typed "velveteen rabbit" into the url bar, and hey! I love your stuff, so I'm gonna watch you. ^^
CassandraJames Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely art you have. :star:
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