^ Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli Jewelry Collaboration
Between the glory of summer and the nostalgic months of winter, I look forward to the brief weeks of October as the perfect visual palate cleanser. Bring on the dark and eerie, the spooky and mysterious...
It's a perfect time of year to indulge in Alfred Hitchcock's suspenseful thrillers like Psycho and The Birds or Roman Polanski's Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. It's actually the only time of year I will even entertain the idea of a horror film. (click the links to watch on Amazon).
I enjoy revisiting my favorite surrealist artists: Rene Magritte, Salvador Dalí, and Man Ray, who's work awakens the depths of my imagination and appropriately inspires my experience of the season.
The transfixing cinemagraphs of Jamie Beck's Ann Street Studio will make you stop in your tracks. This work can only be called spellbinding (click to watch). In 1972, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild hosted her infamous Surrealist ball at Château Ferrières in France. The costumes and the table decorations were wildly bizarre. Even the invitations were written backwards, only to be read by mirror.
I am interested in art inspired by the intersection of the bizarre and beautiful. There is an experience created that is very visual, and very moving. These artists are often deeply motivated by their inner thoughts and unanswered questions about the true experience of life.