Posts Tagged ‘Modernism’

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Ecce Animal – Diddo

August 16, 2014

I am going to assume that you were not all totally asleep like I was and missed this one… or maybe it wasn’t reported in the Southern Hemisphere… but this skull is made out of cocaine!

While the sound of it does give me mental images of Dr Rockso (if you haven’t watched Metalocalypse please do, you are missing out) the skull itself is really much less vulgar than the rock’n’roll clown is making me picture.

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Dr Rockso – he does cocaine.

In fact, it is really quite beautiful. The piece is really well proportioned considering it is made of an illegal substance. It has very well defined ramus of the mandible and angular zygomatic bones.

He sure is pretty (we’re calling it a him because of his wide, square jaw)!

The artist Diddo has it listed on his website as a commissioned piece so your chances of seeing it in person are pretty slim. We can only hope it has taken pride of place in someone’s collection and hasn’t accidentally been snorted.

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Georgia O’Keeffe

June 3, 2012

For the last post of our animal skull build up to skull appreciation day, we want to pay homage to Georgia O’Keeffe.

O’Keeffe was one of the parents of American Modernism, her depictions of the lands of New Mexico combine both a sharp eye and amazing colours.  The gradient of blue she achieves in the sky is surely more beautiful than the real sky- something we didn’t think possible!  But of course, the bit we like best is that amongst her many beautiful pictures appear a number of animal skulls!

This one depicts a horses skull and has our most favourite of little holes- foramen!  Like the human skulls we have discussed previously, they have an intraorbital foramen on their cheeks and also supraorbital foramen above the eyes.

This one is the skull of a ram- complete with horns.  He looks like he has been through the traps, but we think he is still pretty!

These paintings and others can be seen at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in New Mexico- website here.

Keep your eyes out for the first of our week of awesomeness- starting tomorrow on SKULL APPRECIATION DAY!