Ateliershop | Important notice

This month 100 of the 108 listed items in my Ateliershop will expire, the earliest will be gone by the day after tomorrow, March 8th. As always, I will not renew every listing. In other words, if there is anything you really want, now is a good time to get it!  Items ship worldwide without extra shipping costs! Click on the image below to visit the shop.

Kulthaus II

In June I will return to Leipzig for a new edition of the KultHaus exhibition. It will take place from June 7th – 10th 2019 at Torhaus Dölitz, Heidnisches Dorf, Leipzig.
More informations tba. Below a small retrospect of last years show…

Send me your bones!

Today, I found a great loot of bones in my mail, send in from Sweden. Eternal thanks to Jani from Ashes & Rain, who collected all those in the forests while bravely fighting off blood sucking insects. For everyone who might wonder what I am doing with bones, take a look at the “Wheel of Seven“, one of my favourite bone creations so far. That being said, the call for bones will never end, if you have some spare bones or skulls, I am always happy to make art out of them. Please contact me via Laetitia.Mantis(at)gmail.com to get rid of your bones and make an artist happy!

Empty | Not empty at all

My walls are empty, but not empty at all it seems… While part of my collages & paintings are still in storage after the last moving, the other part is still somewhere in Austria after “The Rise Of The Cosmic Fire” tour in December last year.  Soon all my creations will finally come home. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to the day. I specially miss my favourite, Submission, it will find its space above the altar.

Invictus

Invictus (Thank you C.M. for the image)

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

My artwork “Invictus” was inspired by the Victorian poem with the same title by William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). It is an overpainted collage, with a dimension of about 70 x 50 cm.

The original artwork has been framed in a gold-coloured antique vintage frame and resides within a private collection in Thuringia, Germany, within a stately home. It was one of the pieces that weren’t really easy for me to part with, but it is good to know it in such a lovely place. There is a strictly limited edition of 23 artprints available at the Ateliershop, with different sizes to choose from. It is also possible to create a custom size art print.

Henley’s poem does tell you more about this artwork than any words of mine ever could. If you follow my writings, you might have found out already that I do not write these “work introductions” to explain my art, but rather to give you a background story and some basic data. I have never been much into poetry at all, most of it I find a waste of time to be honest, but this one is a piece that did strike a chord with me when I read it the first time, and it does again, any time I re-read it. It has been like a mantra for dark times for me ever since.

Invictus

Detail

Rise of the Cosmic Fire Tour | Flensburg

Another two snapshots, this time from the originals exhibited in Flensburg! Thank you very much to Diana Sunvemetal for setting up this wonderful events and sending me these shots! Check out the homepage of QUANTHEON Touring for the remaining tour dates or read my posting from earlier today below, with a snapshot from Erfurt.

Diana setting up my work in Flensburg

Original artworks “Battlecall” and  “Kali”

Rise of the Cosmic Fire Tour | Erfurt

Snapshot of my prints on the merchtable from last Monday in Erfurt! Thanks to Daryl Parson for sending me the image!
The Rise of the Cosmic Fire Tour with Naglfar, Schamasch & Anomalie is still on the road, here are the remaining dates:
29.11.18 – Oberhausen, Helvete Pub
30.11.18 – Arnhem, Willemeen
01.12.18 – Aalst, Cinema
02.12.18 – Paris, LE GIBUS
03.12.18 – Colmar, Le Grillen
04.12.18 – Göttingen, Freihafen
05.12.18 – Mannheim, MS Connexion Complex
06.12.18 – Aarburg, Musigburg
07.12.18 – Milan, Slaughter Club
08.12.18 – San Dona Di Piave, Revolver
09.12.18 – Vienna, Viper Room Vienna

Submission

“Submission” is my largest piece to date and measures 122 x 99cm (including frame).

This piece is probably the one that received the most attention from the audience over the years and raised the most questions. The original was only exhibited twice, the artprint version much more often and even made it to the USA. You can find some thoughts about “Submission”  as well in last year’s printed edition of Pfingstgeflüster (in German language), the author quite obviously visited the exhibition in Leipzig during Wave Gotik Treffen 2017. The original is NOT FOR SALE, it is only possible to buy a limited edition print (only 23 available).

I will for sure not explain the image itself to you, hell no, but answer the constant question of how it was done technically. This work is an overpainted collage, based on my own photographs. The original photographs also appeared as black & white images in my book release “Sintra” in 2005, which is long out of print. The photographs were cut apart and re-assembled to something completely new and then overpainted in a complete layer. The overpaint consists of acrylic paint and some blood. Yes, it’s my own blood. You can see some details in the images below. The frame is an antique original, dating back to around 1900.

A journey within a journey: Alice in Wonderland

A while back I revisited Sintra (Portugal) in company of two friends. Apart from the typical sightseeing plans, we had also planned another kind of journey, a psychedelic trip in the company of Alice, within the setting of the lovely mountains of the Sintra range. Our first idea, to do this in the night within one of the parks of Sintra was shattered when we watched the security marching in – and we delayed the journey for one day. Instead I used the evening to successfully cure one of my friends from her arachnophobia, as it seemed crazy to me to take her into the forest in company of Alice with this fear.

We spent the whole next day outside in the mountains until dust. The journey was very intense, as expected, and left all participants in a rapturous state of mind, when we slowly descended back to our temporary home chalet while it slowly got dark.

[A few days prior to our journey, still in Leipzig, my mobile phone broke. I hate buying new phones, but looking through the offers a special phone caught my attention, with a build-in-camera and a real lens. It was not available in the local shop, but the shop owner promised me it would arrive before the travel. It did, but very very last minute. I had to catch a cab to the airport and stop over at the shop, run in and out to get to my flight in time – with the new phone…]

As I was not going to drag my camera equipment with me on a psychedelic journey, I intended to shoot images with the new device, which showed indeed a very decent image quality. Of course, I did not do the shooting before Alice calmed down again, otherwise it would have been impossible to handle the camera. But I still had visual effects looking around and all the small details of the forest floor caught my attention. The colors were far more intense than usual and everything seemed to have a metallic shimmer. Later, when I processed the images, I tried to bring back those visual perceptions Alice gave me, and I am quite content with the results.

 

To enhance the effect, resulting images have been printed on metallic or (depending on the size) high gloss photo paper. Of course, this doesn’t really come out on this web versions. Prints are available on request, please contact me via email or the Ateliershop if you’re interested to have these on your walls. They are available in different sizes, up to 45x45cm per piece.

(If this article confuses you, you might want to look up the different meanings of “Alice”. I think many people would have added a disclaimer, saying something like “Don’t do this…”, but I strongly believe in everyone being resposible for him/herself.)