Erin is an old friend of ours here at the ‘Cult. She has even appeared in some of our earliest photoshoots. What you might not know, is that she is an incredible artist specializing in gore and unsettling imagery! We sat down with Erin to ask her some questions about her gore-geous work to share it with you (some of the following images might make those of a weaker constitution uncomfortable- sorry- sort of 😉 !
Tell us about your work? How would you describe your style and how it developed?
I often trip on myself trying to explain my own work. Often times, I find other people’s descriptions fitting or more eloquent. However, in writing and speaking I have come across explaining it through themes of horror and grotesque as well as gooey and visceral to give someone at least a bit of an immediate visual, especially if they have not seen my work. My style could be described as pop-up gore, grotesque, embellished decorative gore, visceral explosions or in the case of my 3-D pieces, like special fx only for art as they are captured and furnished in art materials.
I think I developed my style through playing with a lot of different materials and seeing how they work. My pivotal piece was this dissected rat I made in first year of college where I got this idea to create this sculptural piece and display it on a flat surface. I wanted it to be splayed out and in the viewers face and I liked that I had to figure out some tricks to pull it off. And I was really interested in bringing something unexpected to a painting or photography class, where elements of the materials are still there, but its morphed into something more textural and tactile, providing not just an image, but an experience. The element of horror is always there because I connect with it, it allows me to get messy and gross.
How do people seeing your work for the first time respond? How would you like them to?
One of my favourite responses was at the Farmer’s Market in Oshawa last year. I was set up at a table with my work and an old lady walks by and she actually recoiled and went, “eww!”. Responses like that are what I love. It means I did my job, because I want a reaction, I like my work to create some sort of reaction or response because its meant to be effective, like special fx, its a gross moment or visual frozen in time.
What inspires you?
Well, I’ll go with the obvious first and that’s horror movies. But instead of looking at representing a specific movie or tributing to a character or scene in a piece, its more about the visual effects and the sick, slurpy sounds and the crazy, clashy colours used in retro 80’s horror movies, the bad B grade stuff that was hilarious. That stuff was real and gross and scary to me as a kid and then somewhere I crossed over to the flip side and started loving that stuff.
I also draw a lot of inspiration from illustrators such as Alex Pardee, Jonathan Wayshak and especially now, Takato Yamamoto who draws in all the elements I love to work with; erotic gore (ero guru), combinations of extravagant embellishments, decorative floral and nature designs mixed in with death and graphic nudity, its absolutely gorgeous.
What are your favorite mediums to work in?
I love patterned papers, like japanese floral paper to start as inspiration or base for my sculptural pieces. Craft felt, Sculpey, fabric, lace, and jewellery bits. Then for my 2-D stuff, watercolour and ink usually.
If you had to have a short slogan for your style or collection what would it be?
“Slap me silly squirty gore blots!”
Where can we find more of your work online or in real life???
my website: goreblots.com
sometimes I put an entry into my blog: http://eep-arts.blogspot.com/
I have an artist’s page on Facebook where you can find the latest happenings of my work and upcoming shows: Erin E. Pazaratz
I’m also a member of an arts collective called Broken Arts: brokenarts.ca and we’re on Facebook as well – I sometimes do posters and pieces for that project which can be spotted at various shows.
Much gratitude to Erin for sharing her world with us! Go check out her site for more pieces!