Would you be grossed out or intrigued if someone told you they had just purchased the most magnificent painting ever...and it was all made with human blood?
I have been thinking about the Daily News article my friend sent me the other day reporting on celebrity photographer/artist Tyler Shields' latest artistic endeavor; painting an artwork using celebrity blood. My emotional pendulum regarding this concept is still oscillating.
At least 20 of Hollywood's famous have offered up their veins to give Shields the "ink" he needs for this sanguine artwork . The finished piece will be the focal point of his latest show "Life is Not a Fairytale" scheduled to open up on May 7th in Los Angeles.
I think about all that blood commingling, on the canvas and get a little unsettled....ok, strike that, I'm skeeved out.
The Daily News reports, "We drew vials and vials of blood from people," Shields explained, as we grew weak in the knees. "I have a refrigerator full of blood right now in my bedroom, which is hilarious." ...or gross depending on your particular sensitivities.
Like a rubber-necker staring at a train wreck, I am curious about artists who have the desire and stomach to create this way. I think it is macabre and slightly creepy, but nevertheless fascinating.
Intrigued by the whole concept, I found a few more artists who paint in blood, including the Australian tattoo artist Rev Mayer who uses his own blood to create intricate works of art. At a recent Tattoo and Body Art festival Mayer was supposed to paint live, but the Health Department shut the whole operation down citing health reasons.
The next two artists on the list, Tinet Imgren and Vanessa Tiegs come with an extra caveat. Not only do they paint in blood, but the way they procure it is, well, very unorthodox. I am too squimish and grossed out to go into details here... but if you dare, follow the link under each painting to see how these female artists get the blood they need to create.