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The Artists of Morbid Curiosity

Just a reminder:  the Morbid Curiosity art show is up at the Borderlands Cafe until the end of June.  I'd like to introduce you to the participants.

The bulk of Suzanne Dechnik’s work—as published in Morbid Curiosity—dissected her relationship to Catholicism. The techniques she employed ranged from pen and ink to oils to colored pencils to “stained glass.” Suzanne worked first in advertising and then for several comic book companies. She is now making public sculpture while following her true calling: necromantic art. She showed lots of work at the Westgate Gallery in New Orleans before Katrina put the kibosh on it.

Mike Hunter discovered Morbid Curiosity through the Westgate Gallery in New Orleans. For the magazine, he provided 30 meticulous customized collages of torture machines, vivisection labs, medical anomalies, and police oppression. Mike’s particular interests are anthropology, science, spirituality, Surrealist art, and comics. These factors frequently blend in his personal artwork. By day, he has worked as a graphic designer for close to thirty years.

Dorian Katz is a visual artist who draws no line between the innocent and truly perverse in her work. Dorian has had solo art shows at MicroClimate Project Space, GlamaRama, and the Jon Sims Center. She’s currently in the MFA program in Art Practice at Stanford University. For eight issues of Morbid Curiosity magazine, Dorian created pen and ink artwork to order. Her unsettling, thought-provoking, and lovely illustrations have been snatched up for private collections. For more information about her work go to doriankatz.com.

R. Samuel Klatchko’s photojournalism graced seven issues of Morbid Curiosity magazine. To capture the luminosity of devastation, he roamed public restrooms and ghost towns, a homeless encampment and an army hospital complex in the midst of demolition. His photos have shown in places as diverse as the Red Devil Lounge and Fort Mason.

Montreal-based photographer Hugues Leblanc provided three covers for Morbid Curiosity: an Italian skeleton, Marie Laveau’s tomb in New Orleans, and the Canadian mummy included in this show. His haunting black-and-white images have been exhibited extensively in Montreal and around the United States, France, and England. Hugues has a penchant for cemeteries, ossuaries,
mummies, and other assorted macabre subjects. Visit his website: http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/tapholov/

Erik Quarry discovered Morbid Curiosity at In The Shadow of the Gargoyle on Haight Street. He was still a college student when he submitted his linoleum prints and watercolors to the magazine. He has exhibited in Oakland and San Francisco. His interests lie in the decadence of doom, death, and darkness, which his art reflects in a light-hearted style. Day of the Dead, Halloween, Danse Macabre, and Victorian themes abound in his artwork. Contact him at equarry@hotmail.com or see more of his work at www.cafepress.com/mortified13.

The only author whose stories brightened every issue of Morbid Curiosity, M. Parfitt usually created collages to accompany her essays. These collages poked into the secret dirty places of her childhood, the reuse of throwaway items, and often included bodily fluids. She has been “throwing stuff together” all her life. Her mixed-media work incorporates fabric, paper, blood, hair, lint, nails and other unexpected materials. She strives to give the viewer an opportunity to see discarded, forgotten or overlooked objects in a way that will connect those objects to personal memories.

Artist and musician Timothy Renner worked with Loren on her earlier book, Death’s Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries. His depiction of the girl lifting up her skin to reveal her skeleton—an unused design for The Process—became an icon of Morbid Curiosity, serving to illustrate issue #2 as well as advertisements, calls for submissions, invitations to open mics, and the magazine’s first T-shirt. Timothy is a published illustrator, author, and photographer, and has released multiple albums with his bands Stone Breath and Crow Tongue. He’s currently working on a collection of his illustrations, many of which appeared in Morbid Curiosity over the years. Seek Timothy at DarkHollerArts.com, LostGospel.org, or at MySpace.com/timothyrevelator.

Loren Rhoads’s own photographs were generally happy accidents inspired by an obsessive need to travel.  In addition to the two covers of Morbid Curiosity magazine, she’s provided photographs for CDs by Edward Ka-Spell, SubArachnoid Space, and Trance. Her photos graced Trips magazine, Ongaku Otaku, and a calendar published by the Association for Gravestone Studies, as well as her monthly cemetery column at Gothic.Net. See more of her work at www.lorenrhoads.com.

Black-and-white infrared film gives off a surreal, dreamlike quality, turning summer days into winter landscapes. Long Island photographer Chris Schnapp started infrared photography 15 years ago after discovering English photographer Simon Marsden. The highlight of Chris’s work was having his pictures appear in Morbid Curiosity magazine. You can contact him at Schdy58@aol.com and see his work on Facebook.

Kimberlee Traub provided the most illustrations for Morbid Curiosity: 37 over the course of the magazine’s 10 issues. Her work spanned from the cipher collage of “This is the Zodiac” to the high romanticism of “Death Carries Off Another Victim.” Victoriana, Art Nouveau, Neo-Burlesque, tribalism and ancient mythology all influence her rapidograph pen & ink creations. Presently she works in graphic production during the day and conjures illustrations for custom tattoos, indie publications/music labels, Gothic fashionistas, and a variety of alternative events by night. She has a small line of collectibles as well as prints and original art for sale at http://www.kimberleetraub.net.