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Feb 11, 2014
A small-town Romanian cemetery filled with darkly humorous gravestones
This is so good I can’t stand it:
…in the town of Săpânţa, Romania…at the Cimitirul Vesel or “Merry Cemetery,” over 600 wooden crosses bear the life stories, dirty details, and final moments of the bodies they mark. Displayed in bright, cheery pictures and annotated with limericks are the stories of almost everyone who has died of the town of Săpânţa. Illustrated crosses depict soldiers being beheaded and a townsperson being hit by a truck. The epigraphs reveal a surprising level of truth. “Underneath this heavy cross. Lies my mother in law poor… Try not to wake her up. For if she comes back home. She’ll bite my head off.”
You must read the whole story. My favorite line: “Their lives were the same, but they want their epitaphs to be different.”
Do check out the Google+ album of photos
See also the work of Romanian artist Andrea Dezso
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Brand (1983) (via)
Sep 10, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Andrea Dezsö’s Embroidered “Lessons From My Mother”
I met Andrea in San Diego last year and was immediately floored by her work. (Also, being 1/4 Romanian but still knowing almost nothing about Romania, I’m always fascinated by Romanian artists.)
From afar, the stitching and calming colors looked like the work of a doting grandmother, but up close there were images of vaginas, fetuses and a study of the myths that mothers told their daughters in Transylvania, Romania, where Ms. Dezsö, 39, was raised…
Working in the city has provided fodder for many of her ideas and for her embroidery series, which she stitched while traveling throughout the city. A woman stitching in public is viewed differently in different neighborhoods, Ms. Dezsö found.
“If I’m in Queens, people think I’m a traditional woman,” Ms. Dezsö said. “If I’m in Manhattan, it’s the hippest thing.”
See more of Andrea’s work here.
Jul 09, 2012
A rebus-letter sent by Mark Twain to his wife
Mark Twain (1835–1910, née Samuel Clemens) wrote essays on art and doodled in his journals, letters, and manuscripts, sometimes to entertain his children and sometimes for his own amusement. In addition, he used his artwork to secure patents for three inventions, including an “Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments” (to replace suspenders); a history trivia game; and a self-pasting scrapbook coated with a dried adhesive that only needed to be moistened before use.
Read more: The Visual Art and Design of Famous Writers
Apr 22, 2012
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