I've been deeply intrigued by painter-turned-photographer Elizabeth Hendler's freaky, stylized conceptual art since I encountered her sly Cupcake Series a couple of years ago.
I didn't think there was anything I could love more until I saw The Secretary Killers.
Elizabeth has an extensive portfolio of her work online, along with a highly intriguing bio explaining some of the personal factors and cultural elements influencing her work:
I was a painter most of my life until a motorcycle crash gave me a near death experience and left me with physical trauma that made painting impossible. At that time I began using photography to create my art. I describe through narratives the inner psychology of the subject. Most of my work centers in the locus of the body, and the variable states of perception that encircle us in daily life. In exploring the current and historical modes of media - film, photography, and fashion – I reference familiar modern iconography while playing with our expectations. Hitchcock’s feminine hysteria, the vacant stares of fashion models, and the terror of horror movie victims are the palette I draw from now.
Elizabeth is the current Art Star at FringeUnderground.com. Noted:
fRINGE presents three series of Elizabeth Hendler's photography that place women in the context of a silent, photographic narrative while exploring themes of physical experimentation, violence and perception of the body.
Her work has a gloss and cinematic quality that I admire -- not to mention the slight depravity of the coldly chic scenarios she assembles in her photographs. Definitely do check her out tout de suite.