Posts Tagged ‘grotesque’


November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Thank you kindly for your constant interest in Merzbau! Only today after a random visit here I realized that there have been  more than 13000 visitors to this blog! Merzbau is over [at least for now] but this does not mean that I will bring it down. It will remain online for archival purposes.

There has been a return to the merzposting though. There is a new incarnation of this ongoing ‘effort’ that is called Llamarinth. This is a new journal of the weird and wonderful maintained by me and a very dear person to me, houdinismother. I am sure that Merzbau readers will find many things of interest there and they will not be disappointed.

I would be glad to see you and maybe hear from some of you over at Llamarinth!




Joel-Peter Witkin – L’image indélébile (1994)

March 23, 2008 1 comment

A portrait of American photographer Joel-Peter Witkin at last presented as a whole [all the 56 minutes]

Check also Witkin’s part in Vile Bodies series [1 /2]

and also former merz post on the subject

Mia Mäkilä [or The last tune that Mozart ever heard]

December 27, 2007 2 comments

On her site she talks about herself and the only thing left for me to do is to sit and read.

I paint my demons. I paint nightmares. To get rid of them. I paint my fears. I paint my sorrow. To deal with them. The motifs of my artworks are scary and macabre, but they also have a dark sense of humour.The paintings and collages are my poems, my diary notes and they are very close to my heart.

I adore painters from the 14th century, such as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the elder and Lucas Cranach. But my biggest influence comes from movie directors such as David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Michael Haneke, Terry Gilliam, John Waters and Tim Burton. I think you can see that in my artworks. They have a very cinematic quality sometimes.

I want to have an impact on people. I want to seduce them with my vampires and demons. I try to find different forms of beauty and try to destroy the classical meaning of what beauty is.

Mia Mäkilä

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[part of] Joel-Peter Witkin – L'image indélébile (1994)

December 2, 2007 1 comment

A portrait of American photographer Joel-Peter Witkin. Unfortunately incomplete, only ~16 min out of original 52, in two parts on youtube [part 1/2]. Appears to be part of bigger project called LE CORPS SUBLIMÉ.The only info I could find was in French. I am very interested in this particular documentary. If anyone can help me locate this film I would be really grateful. Anyone who has any info on how to obtain a copy of L’image indélébile or the whole Le Corps Sublimé please leave a comment or send me an email.

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