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aka Paul Griffiths
is a 38.45 year old
and has been a part of the Threadless community for 5 years, 10 months!
has scored 750 submissions, giving an average score of 2.08, helping 6 designs get printed.
Compelling. But like an accident-scene compelling. And disturbing. And complex. Yet childish and stunted and gross at the same time. And yes, pornographic.
I don't mean that in a prudish way. But having women grab each others' feet with their legs splayed apart is, artistically, a pornographic tableau. I'm just not sure you're using your obvious talents for contributing much of anything to the conversation.
What's your point of view? It can't be neutral, since you picked such a polarizing subject. So you've either implicated yourself or you're satirizing some kind of pop-culture sexuality.
In the design, I can't see the latter, so it reads like a infantilizing of female sexuality -- that is, the artist can't bear to show the sexual organs and covers them with a childish symbolic representation of the power/fear of woman's sexuality via the boogieman.
It's certainly touching a nerve, which is why you're getting so many comments, but perhaps not for all the right reasons. The work is a little too "id" -- too subconscious to be understood and, as the artist, since you're joining in the conversation about "vag ghosts" and the like, I'm not sure you know why you were drawn to this subject matter.
But you haven't mastered it. You've merely tried to cover up what drew you to the symbolic value of a naked woman -- or two, very vulnerably naked women. And that's why you're splitting comments left and right.
As I said, your talent is evident. But this design goes halfway and I'd encourage you to take more risks, not less. That doesn't mean more nudity, but rather risking to understand what you, as an artist, need to work out in a design like this.
posted 5 years, 9 months ago in girlsgirlsgirls
I think this is a good idea, but you probably need to take it to the absurd. "Field hospital for gummie bears" might be a better scenario. And do, in fact, play up the horror!
posted 5 years, 9 months ago in Gummy Bears in Various Stages of Nibbling
This is a great design that I'd actually buy, but I agree that the axis labelling is too confusing. I might suggest a pictoral sunrise, lunchbox, night sky kind of thing to help out time comprehension or a use of color to indicate wake/sleep hours.
Also, I am Tufte chart fanatic (why I like this concept) but I too was confused as to the directional that it's bottom to top, for some reason. I think it's the lack of gridlines and by repeating the axis labels twice, I was doubly confused.
I think cleaning it up and resubmitting, you'd have a winner.
That said, I'll give it a 4 and a $5 on the next round.
posted 5 years, 9 months ago in This Is When I\'m Awake.
I laughed, but it's not a t-shirt I'd wear.
posted 5 years, 9 months ago in God Bless America
I like the concept, but the mobsters are also made out of pencils. Wouldn't it be funnier if they were another related object, say a pen?
posted 5 years, 9 months ago in The Mob Makes a Point