The Abandoned Child: Necronymphic Creations by Tari Nakagawa

Tari Nakagawa’s exquisite ball-jointed dolls exude a deep sense of melancholy. With a haunting aura of mourning and vulnerability, these innocent, wan little faces expressing languor and dolor, malady and misery, with finely eloquent hands and limbs, bespeak a corrupt eroticism and a necromantic sensuality. They are disturbing as a strange alchemy of pathos, innocence, death, decay, and sirenlike allure. A primary inspiration for these lovely creations is 19th-century postmortem child portraiture.

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The Anatomical Art of Pole Ka

The whimsical, wistful drawings of Paris-based artist Pole Ka have the pensive elegance of vintage anatomy illustrations, expressing the emotional and personal entanglements and intricacies of human beings, no less than the delicate structure and beauty of veins and arteries.


The Hag’s Hand

This is a delightful little pendant cast in the shape of Baba Yaga’s gnarled hand. I have had much more of an appreciation for Baba Yaga since reading Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless, where she figures prominently.

“The veined and clawed hand of the forest hag, Baba Yaga. The Yaga lives in a hut on chicken legs and travels the woodlands perched in her mortar, propelling herself with the pestle. I created this amulet as a reminder of the crone, the wise one who dwells not only in wilderness but as part of our inner divinity. Bitter herbs, harsh love and dark moon belong to her.”