In a New Stop-Motion Film, Swoon Explores Trauma, Memory, and the Body

Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon, is known for her street art utilizing paper that’s pasted onto building walls, but the Brooklyn-based artist has made a recent pivot that transfers her mythical style to stop-motion animations. Part of her solo exhibition Cicada, Curry’s short film “Sofia and Storm” is centered on a human-arachnid hybrid. After emerging from a dense mass, the gold-faced feminine figure opens up her chest cavity to reveal dark, hanging matter that eventually is absorbed.

Similar to her previous projects, the fantastical animation is linked directly to Curry’s family history and to her parents, who struggled with addiction and substance abuse. “Swoon’s stop-motion films emphasize the body’s ability to serve as a vessel carrying memories and traditions. A house, a ship, and human figures split and open to liberate a cast of imaginative and mythological creatures trapped inside,” a statement said.

So far, Curry has released three other animated projects on YouTube. You can also find her work that explores the relationship between the body and trauma on Instagram. (via Juxtapoz)



 

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Orphaned Raccoons Gathered Around the Sink Make a Big Mess While Waiting to Wash Their Little Paws

A family of orphaned raccoons at the Newhouse Wildlife Rescue of Chelmsford, Massachusetts gathered around the sink to wash their little paws. Only one or two of them actually got a chance under the water. The others just made an adorable mess with the paper towels while they were waiting.

When the kids try to help clean – but they are really just making the mess bigger.

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Cat Licks Human’s Finger to Use for Facial Grooming

A rather trusting tabby cat named Soos licked the index finger of his beloved human Daniel Lerma and then allowed Lerma to groom his fuzzy face while he snuggled safely in the crook of Lerma’s arm. This loving gesture has become a regular ritual that occurs whenever man and feline spend time together.

Daniel Lerma and pet puss Soos have a unique relationship and managed to capture the rare grooming technique at home in Jalisco, Mexico.

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Alien Family Tries to Fit In on Earth in ‘Solar Opposites’ Series by ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland

Hulu Solar Opposites

Solar Opposites is a new animated series on Hulu about an extraterrestrial family that migrates to Earth and tries to fit in with the resident humans. The series was created by Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan of Rick and Morty. The series premieres May 8, 2020.

From Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty, comes a series about a family of aliens trying to fit in on this human-infested crap-hole of a planet called Earth. Solar Opposites lands May 8, only on Hulu.

Solar is coming! Stay inside! Watch cartoons! pic.twitter.com/PPT1mah4L8

— Mike McMahan (@MikeMcMahanTM) March 25, 2020

New show. Stay safe https://t.co/7BZPlz3Ri8

— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) March 25, 2020

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Vocal Dog Sings Along to the ‘Law and Order’ Theme Song Whenever It Comes on Television

A beautiful German shorthaired pointer named Fin T. Schultz who lives in New York City with his humans Peter Schultz and Vee Thayer, inexplicably loves to sing along whenever the incredibly distinctive theme song from Law and Order comes on the television.

Fin loves it so much that he’ll even come running across the apartment or wake up from a dead sleep whenever he hears the iconic bass line. He’ll even forgo a beloved treat for his favorite song.

Not even a peanut butter Kong can keep him from singing along when ‘Law and Order’ comes on.

This is as good a time as any to tell you that my dog sings along to the Law & Order theme song every time he hears it pic.twitter.com/4HNVPWrzmE

— Peter Schultz (@pete_schultz) March 19, 2020

Every. Time. pic.twitter.com/Nr27eOw0NW

— Peter Schultz (@pete_schultz) March 19, 2020

These take up most of the memory on my phone pic.twitter.com/7i9fd9IrHN

— Peter Schultz (@pete_schultz) March 19, 2020

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Rachael Presky Illustrations

Discover the creative universe of illustrator Rachael Presky.

Rachael Presky is a freelance illustrator from the UK. Based on a figurative and contemporary style, she specializes in digital illustrations in unusual and satisfying color palettes. Furthermore, she often creates illustrations of largely familiar scenes with an elusive touch.

During the past years, she has worked for brands and publishers such as Adobe, Fizz Creations, The Big Issue, The Radio Times, Breathe Magazine, Teen Breathe Magazine, Underpinned, 91 Magazine, Standart Magazine, Trees for Cities, The Snow Centre, The Mobile Coffee Box, Popshot Magazine, Moonhood Magazine, and Harmoney (Spendable).

Below you can find some of her illustrations. Rachael Preskyan is an Adobe Stock Premium Contributor—you can see her portfolio for licensing stock images here.

Adobe Stock illustration by Rachael Presky.
Illustration by Rachael Presky.
Adobe Stock illustration by Rachael Presky.
Illustration by Rachael Presky.
Illustration by Rachael Presky.
Editorial illustration created for Breathe and Teen Breathe Magazines.
Editorial illustration for The Big Issue Magazine.
Small Changes, Big Difference
Illustration for scientific papers of Covid-19.
Personal illustration by Rachael Presky.

All images © by Rachael Presky. Do not hesitate to check out other creative work in our popular Illustration category. The section features a great variety of highly inspiring work ranging from handmade drawings to digital graphics.

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Plays Incredible Accordion Cover of the Mason Williams Iconic Instrumental ‘Classical Gas’

“Weird Al” Yankovic (previously) has been doing his best to keep his fans entertained and well-informed while quarantined due to the spread of Coronavirus.

This ongoing project includes an incredibly virtuosic accordion cover of the iconic Mason Williams instrumental “Classical Gas” that he performed alone on his balcony overlooking the city of Los Angeles.

Weird Al Classical Gas Accordion

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Sir Patrick Stewart Reads One Shakespeare Sonnet Each Day In Order to Keep the Doctor Away

Sir Patrick Stewart (previously) randomly and elegantly recited Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 to his fans on social media. The response was so wonderful that the velvet-voiced actor decided to read one Shakespeare sonnet aloud each day in hopes of “keeping the doctor away”. Stewart explained that his mother told him that apples did this, so sonnets should too.

I was delighted by the response to my posting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. It has led me to undertake what follows. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn’t much) and as she put it in front of me she would say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”?

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A Cleverly Designed Brass ‘Hygiene Hand’ Tool That Acts as Substitute for Human Hands on Public Surfaces

Concerned about the germs and viruses that can be spread through everyday life activities, emergency prep company StatGear Tools has created the “Hygiene Hand”. This EDC (everyday carry) tool is made of a naturally non-bacterial brass tool that’s small enough to fit on a keychain and strong enough to open doors. The tool is also cleverly designed to act as a substitute for those daily actions which would otherwise be performed by human hands.

Meet the Hygiene Hand, an EDC tool which fits on your keychain and is used to help decrease the spreading of germs while performing some of your everyday tasks. When thinking about the everyday tasks we encounter, we wanted to help “flatten the curve” by making a tool which allowed you to touch buttons, sign digital screens, and even open doors WITHOUT the use of your finger/hand touching the same surfaces as 100’s of other people! The Hygiene Hand is made from solid brass which is inherently anti-microbial, meaning viruses are unable to naturally thrive.

Hygiene Hand Elevator

StagGear is raising funds through Kickstarter for this helpful tool that can ease some of the anxiety during this outbreak of Coronavirus.

As the world has been gripped by Covid-19, we wanted to use our design and manufacturing ability to come out with a solution to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Our world is EDC and being prepared is a core component. We wanted to do our part by doing what we do best – designing EDC tools that have real world utility.

Hygiene Hand

Hygiene Hand Door Handle

Hygiene Hand Door Open

Hygiene Hand Door

Hygiene Hand Keys

Hygiene Hand ATM Keyboard

Hygiene Hand ATM Screen

Hygiene Hand Gas

Hygiene Hand Glass Door

via The Awesomer

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Persistent Cat Repeatedly Interrupts Her Human’s Virtual Ballet Lesson in the Most Adorable Ways

My sister is a Ballet teacher and with the remote schooling due to Coronavirus she now has to record her lessons. A certain somebody is adapting to this very enthusiastically! from r/aww

While Amelia Love Clearheart was teaching a virtual ballet class, her adorable tabby cat Aurora decided she wanted in on the action. As Clearheart was performing her delicate moves, Aurora repeatedly threaded herself in and out of her human’s graceful legs until she decided she wanted a bit more personal attention

Cat Ballet

The higher quality video that went viral of Aurora the cat and Amelia the ballet teacher, remote dance lessons with a surprise finish! pic.twitter.com/gBk5Afj6jU

— Amelia Love Clearheart (@TheLoveOpera) March 24, 2020

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