‘Fortnightly Four’ is a little a project I’m working on, based on my addiction to art/illustration-based Instagrams and the sheer excitement about what can be discovered on my favourite social media platform.
There are two artists this fortnight that I feel are quite similar to one another: Lizemeddings and Helen_dardik. Not in what they draw, but their soft, watercolour/gouache styles that are so easy to sink your eyes into. Lizemeddings, as the first of the two, is an artist I find admirable because of her vibrant pastels and the defined blurring she creates between one colour and the next. I prefer her animals to her people, the tiger above the perfect example, but I find an odd comfort in her work. Everything is dulled (in a good way – it takes that sharp fear out of death (see the skull below) and replaces it with beauty) into being something harmless, but no less real.
Alphachannelling is the most joyously explicit art I’ve ever come across. Everyone can relate to their work (I say their; the account is anonymous) and the sheer accuracy of how they portray sex is purely exciting.
What’s great about this Instagram account is that there are no holds barred when it comes to drawing people fucking. They capture every line, curve, nipple, elbow bend in pure lust, and vaginas are bouquets and penises embellished swords. Sex drawn by Alphachannelling is equal, too: both man and woman’s bodies are thick, curvy, statuesque in form, and you get a real sense of power, heightened by the intimacy of the moments illustrated. It feels obscene but common knowledge, is blatantly passionate, and the simplistic crayon-like materials used make it all that more carnal: you don’t need layers of paint to communicate what’s going on here.
Helen Dardik’s art makes me so excited. Admittedly there’s only one main facet of her work that makes me feel this way – her flora/fungi pieces – but all her work has a beautiful richness to it, of colour, of intricacy, and has a similar softness to Lize Meddings’ art. She captures the best of nature in a very clean way that makes you want to either jump into her work or grab it off the page.
I mean, LOOK AT IT! It’s absolutely stunning. I would try and sound more technical about her work, but it’s just one of those things that you feel impassioned about to the point of total awe. I could stare at her work for hours. The layers make it look like a tiny, thriving forest.
Katikaart is an Instagram artist that has really captured my attention because of texture. Her crochet work is refreshing, taking on a variety of subjects from eyes to cats. I like how everything continues because of the “dripping” wool, and her block colours and shades make shadows appear where you forget they are, and you expect the cockerel above to cock-a-doodle-doo at you. Artists like Katikaart and Hanecdote assert themselves as women who use traditional materials to convey our world as it is now, and the wool/thread used only heightens this, bringing their work into the foreground in a more tangible, this-medium-of-art-belongs-to-the-present way. It’s leading the way for women artists.