Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Offerings: 'Twins' by Ruth Marten, 2009

Happy October!  Every week this month I will be posting at least one spooktacular offering appropriate for this delightfully scary season.

[credit: Ruth Marten, 'Twins, 2009.' From Histoire un-Naturelle. Found print with ink additions.]

Thanks to an Instagram post from modernmarieantoinette, I came across this delightfully interesting and appropriately October work titled 'Twins' by Ruth Marten. The spooky possiblities presented in the comments and with the imagination are endless: a woman and her automaton? A doll, used to replace a lost sister? It makes for a delightfully creepy image and, as the Instagram page notes, certainly brings to mind that famous twin scene from The Shining: "Come play with us... forever and ever and ever."

Marten is an artist who got her start in the 1970s, when she was working as a female tattoo artist in the underground art scene. Some of her newer work includes two series which take existing 18th and 19th century prints and adds to them with ink, watercolor or other paints to create something unique.

The series this image is from, Histoire un-Naturelle, includes a few dozen of these altered prints. You can view the rest of the series here.

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