Gruesome Art—The Art of Unconvention

Today I’d like to talk to you guys about something a little different. Art. Books are an artform, and so are films, but today I’m going to deviate into a new area—because I have discovered the most amazing artist!


It’s no secret that I like unconventional things. I am a person who sells one of a kind dolls with suicide, murder, zombie, metal, ghost, ghoul, vampire (et al) themes. I like things that are quirky, funny, and more than a little bit weird. To that end, I had to share the wonderful art of Jessica Harrison with you!

Jessica Harrington is a UK based artist, working with many mediums—including skin (mimicry), bone, ceramics, ink, pencil, stone and more. The cool thing about her art? She takes the expected and turns it completely and utterly on its head.


From her website:


“Born in St Bees in 1982, Jessica moved to Scotland to study sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2000, going on to do an MFA before completing a practice-led PhD in sculpture in 2013 funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

Her research considers the relationship between interior and exterior spaces of the body, but looks neither inwards towards a hidden core, nor outwards from the subconscious, instead looking orthogonally across the skin to the movement of the body itself, using the surface of the body as a mode of both looking and thinking.

Moving beyond a bi-directional model, Harrison proposes a multi-directional and pervasive model of skin as a space in which body and world mingle. Working with this moving space between artist/maker and viewer, she draws on the active body in both making and interpreting sculpture to unravel imaginative touch and proprioceptive sensation in sculptural practice. In this way, Harrison re-describes the body in sculpture through the skin, offering an alternative way of thinking about the body beyond a binary tradition of inside and outside.”


One of my favourite pieces of her art is this one: Image

Maybe someone can write up a tattooed Jane Eyre or Woman in White inspired by this piece..!


And just have a look at some of her other pieces!



Can’t you just see this lady watching over you as you read I Am Legend or Anna Dressed in Blood? I can!





I hope you liked my little artsy break from the norm, and I hope you’ll go and give Jessica some love.


Happy reading, folks!



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1 reply

  1. I absolutely love these. I came across an article last month that showcased these pieces and many more. I lost the article and couldn’t remember her name. So glad a friend referred me to this amazing site and I found you- and Jessica’s art once again. Ingenious.

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