Incarnation - (oil on panel)
For those of you who know Mark Ryden, you probably feel like you have seen his work your entire life. It has appeared on album covers, book jackets, livejournal icons, among others. Yet he seems so secretive. I know I did not realize who he was for the first few years I knew I liked his art. His work embodies innocence alongside some weird, absurd, or "off" subject matter. His main audience seems to be teenage and pre-teen girls. He especially appreciates using young girls, raw meat, abraham lincoln, and adorably creepy toys in his art. I think this piece works really well (above) His portrayal of meat is so lifelike yet so surreal. We all know there is no way she could support a dress that heavy, yet she does so with grace. Its really lovely and the juxtaposition with the antique garden really makes it pop. The contrast between the meat, the grass, and her skin is soft and then bold the closer we get to her dress. I am not entirely sure what he is trying to say with this piece...most of his pieces are a bit too odd for it to have one specific meaning. This piece reminds me of Lady Gaga, since he often uses celebrities in his work I would not be surprised if it actually was based off her.