Prawns Pick #2…frighten…

prawns picks#2-01So now Valentines Day has jogged on for another year, I thought I would bring you something a bit different as an antidote to all the heartsy red smoosh that we’ve been drowning in for the past few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty darn smooshy left to my own devices, but I’m not too fond of the total commercial takeover that extends it’s fluffy-hearted-red-rose-tendrils around us for two weeks in Feb. So any-hoo, here’s something wonderfully dark and odd…

Prawns Picks #2…brings you ‘frighten’
a treat of an Etsy shop full of surreal mixed media, paper collage and prints.
140215_frightenRun by Mari in Brooklyn, New York, I stumbled upon ‘frighten’ a few months ago while browsing the bazaar endless land of Etsy and the strange animal collages made me laugh. Using antique Victorian photographs, the images are manipulated and transformed into new quirky little vignettes or scenes, which are available to buy as prints. They make you feel a bit uneasy at first, the sight of two meerkat-headed-Victorian-children staring out at you with their audacious expressions. But the clever and subtle use of animals and their expressions make it just the right balance of funny and wierd! I’ll leave you with a nice little quote from Mari of ‘frighten’…

“…working with photos this old often feels like I’m working with ghosts, and I sometimes think about what the people in the photos would think about what I’m doing to them. Hopefully they would see the fun in it, and not think it’s too weird…”
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140215_frighten3140215_frighten8140215_frighten5this is how I feel most days…my brain a web of tangled tree roots…not to mention my combo of pensive face and Victorian puffed shoulders…

you can find the ‘frighten’ shop here
…follow ‘frighten’ and Mari on facebook here
…and take a look at Mari’s other photography shop here