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What do you think horror means for feminism?

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Today my short horror film Red Blob Massacre was screened at a student-organized feminist fair at the University of Michigan. After the screening, there was a question and answer period. One of the questions asked was:

What do you think horror means for feminism?

It was a difficult question to answer. Sometimes I’m not even sure what feminism means. Sometimes I have a hard time answering difficult questions like that on the spot. So, I gave the best answer I could. Thinking about it afterward, of course I always think I could have said something better. Why didn’t I think of this in the moment? Oh damn, I should have said that…

My answer in the moment was, in a somewhat jumbled way, that I think the grotesque of horror allows anyone, male or female, to release something that is pent up inside. it’s an outlet for violence and anger, and also for insecurity. With females portrayed as being such beautiful/pure/perfect people in the media, perhaps horror is the juxtaposition of that. It’s the bloody of the feminine….

What do you think?

Image source:

Terror Cult: The Pains of Being a Gal, Flowering

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Beautiful, happy, rainbow-filled art (and why it’s so hard to make it!)

I finally admitted in my second year at graduate school that pretty much all of my creative projects ended in death. Death, in a lot of ways, is an easy way out. It’s like saying “Shit happens.” over and over again. In most ways, I’m in full agreement with that statement. Shit does happen. Just as death does happen. Why deny it? A big part of my art has always been about reflecting my own fears, and acknowledging that there is, indeed, a lot of shit that sucks.

When admitting that all of my stories ended in death, I got this romantic vision that from then on my art could reflect only the beautiful things in life. It could be a meditation on the simplicity of enjoyment in the moment; wind whistling through the trees, birds singing beautiful songs, close friendships that sprouted into love, a gurgling brook in the woods full of colorful fish, a utopia where every tree was filled with ripe mangoes. Oh yes, I dreamed about how beautiful, light and inspiring my work could be. No more death. Only beauty…

It turns out, it’s a lot harder to make beautiful art than it is to make dark art. Beautiful art has to be positive all the time. Even though sometimes the reality is that when making it you stay up until 3am in the morning and then have to wake up at 6:30am to work that eight-hour shift. Even though the fucking car broke down again or my only bike got a flat tire and so I had to push it home after a long day and three hours of sleep. But it should be that instead of dwelling in the misery of everyday life, in the spirit of creative making, the mind should break the shackles of negativity and blossom up toward the light of inspiration. The light where everything is beautiful. Where life couldn’t be better…

In seeking inspiration for my new romantically creative ways, I looked to the Inspiring Vessel of the Internet to see what other happy and enlightening art was out there. These are some of the gems that I found:

1) Experience Freedom:

2) Optimist:

3) Yayoi Kusama’s Art Installations:


4) Manuel D. Baldemor’s Art:


5) Dogs in Cars

6) Babies Underwater (Art)



Okay. I should probably stop now, because I have the feeling that this is just going to get more and more weird. Through creating this blog post, I’ve realized that there really are a lot of things that could be artistically created that inspire a sense of happiness in oneself. But there is a difference between beauty, happiness and humor. And ultimately even something considered ‘dark’, such as death, can also be beautiful.

For me, it always comes back to humor. I decided that I couldn’t necessarily limit myself to only making things that are uplifting and beautiful. I’m not saying that I won’t try, I’m just saying that something that is dark, or depressing, or reflects all the “shit” in life, can still become something enjoyable and lighthearted when combined with a twist of humor. The same thing could go for beauty. Without something dark to compare it to, perhaps beauty would not be so impressive.

Image Sources:
Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton
roslyn oxley9 gallery
More Dots! From Yayoi Kusama
Living and Loving Art
Lucban May Festival by Manuel Baldemor
Adorable Photos of Babies Underwater
Underwater Babies and Kids
Thomas Kuhn Photography
Underwater Baby Portraits