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Carissa Rose Art (http://www.etsy.com/shop/NeverDieArt)
All Shook Up Art Print By Carissa Rose 11×14
The sole trustworthy declaration of Spring here at the Local is the appearance of these beds of wildflowers that sprout up at the edges of the grounds ‘round the Front Office. Sure, there’s also the sight of Madam Lady Ulster’s sandwich board, advertising her services; or when Gulko brings the last of his winter’s homebrew to share at Union Hall. Or when someone catches Strange Jason as he scratches his left cheek more often than usual, the moisture getting to his skin.
But flowers. Poinsettia usually is the first to spot them. They burst up, usually near the stone walls out back. These vibrant colors that dot the landscape disrupt the monotony or enhance the natural color.
Flowers take many shapes. They’re not all just plants: a well placed bit of graffiti; a green tie in the middle of a black suit; a favorite mug, set nearby at your desk.
The Tuesday uEtsy this week features Carissa Rose’s artwork. We here consider her use of color as potent anything you’d find in nature and highly suggest you utilize a print or two of hers in your everyday life. We as people find ourselves caught between white walls and under grey skies until, all too soon, we’re laid under concrete slabs. Let us enjoy the color before we find ourselves swallowed up by black.
Dismantle Me Art Print by Carissa Rose 11×14
Black, as it is, is the collection of every color. So the colors in the Dismantle Me piece above might not so much disappear into the background but emanate from it. Carissa Rose wields black as an empty space as proficient as any color, which adds a great amount of depth to her paintings.
Wasted Youth Art Print By Carissa Rose 11×14
See how the black makes the Wasted Youth print more sinister. The subject stares back with a bit of guarded disdain in her eyes. Billy Idol sneer. The character’s expression is one you would emulate when dealing with deplorable coworkers on a Monday morning when all you want is your coffee. It expresses that you’ve undergone some experiences that would be best left untouched. So best back away. Buy it for the office and see how much more productive you become when people leave you alone.
Girl With the Neck Tattoo By Carissa Rose 8 x 10
Neck tattoos. Remember when they were dangerous? When tattoos started becoming tame, the neck tattoo was one of those that still conveyed that idea that whoever had one was not to be fucked with. No chingas. Now, your mother is getting a neck tattoo. This piece, one of few available from Carissa Rose that display only black and white, harkens back to the day when a flower on the neck of a woman meant you could flirt but damned your soul forever would be if you followed.
Wind me Up Art Print by Carissa Rose 8 x 10
Along with the above piece, Carissa Rose has a series of zombie related prints – Zombie Dolls and Pin Up Ghouls – that solicit a mixture of reactions. The natural beauty of the character blends with the slight revulsion that the individual is dead, decaying and gangrene (though, who knows. That might be your thing.) The pairing of attractive models and an unreality is also present in this work. A blonde mechanical girl sits naked, skin colored with markings and artwork. Both she and the woman on her arm share the same expression, heightening the idea that she’s not human. It’s an interesting piece and something you might consider hanging in the bedroom with your favorite wind-up playmate. Or perhaps giving to your boss.
Atomic Garden II Art Print by Carissa Rose
The second of two thermonuclear apocalypse pictures available from Carissa Rose effectively snatches up a smirking acceptance of doom and destruction. When facing what might be the oncoming annihilation of life as we know it, the best course of action is to face it head on.
And face it, we hope you do. Visit Carissa Rose Art over on Etsy and be sure to like her on Facebook, where you’ll find updates to her work. She currently has a sale going on. Can’t beat that. You can try, but once you fail, come back here next week for another Tuesday uEtsy.