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the art & writing of Desirée Isphording
Faery Art: Beyond Glitter & Wings 
11th-Feb-2008 11:47 am
DeviantART recently added a new feature where you can create collections of various artworks based upon whatever parameters strike you at the time. I've actually been wanting to create some sort of compendium of mythic faery art for some time, and this new feature really suits that purpose nicely. The only issue is, of course, that you can only include art that has been uploaded to deviantART.

"The artist must summon all his energy, his sincerity, and the greatest modesty in order to shatter the old clichés that come so easily to hand while working, which can suffocate the little flower that does not come, ever, the way one expects." - Henri Matisse

Faery art is often sadly plagued by a reliance on a hackneyed set of features which many assume to be the totality of this enchanted state. Depictions of cute, tiny creatures decking in flower petals abound as do images of attractive women with butterfly wings. In this collection I hope to draw attention to pieces which I feel hint at the realm of Faerie as expressed in genuine mythology, legend, and folklore: mysterious, dangerous, in a constant state of flux and wonder.

I doubt if the creator of each and every piece considers their work "fairy art" and perhaps that it so much the better - Faery hides in unexpected places.

Without further adieu, may I present: Faery: beyond glitter and wings

Don't get me wrong, glitter and wings can be fun. I think just about everyone, including myself, likes to indulge in them every once and a while, and for those of us who need to earn a living based upon our art, glitter and wings do tend to dominate the fairy art market right now. However, there are so many other collections of faery art (not just on DA) in which the glitter and wings are the overwhelming majority, I think it's good to show that alternatives exist.
11th-Feb-2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful collection of works! Wow! (I do love DA!) Thank you for sharing :)
16th-Mar-2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Hello Desiree! Its great to finally introduce myself to you. I found your sphinxmuse.net website a few years ago and was wonderfully impressed with what I found of you there. I wanted to contact you then but about that same time my life got a bit chaotic and I didn't quite get around to it. Then a few days ago I was going through some old bookmarks and came across your site again, and it led me to you here and offered another chance for me to introduce myself.

I think we might have quite a few things in common, and oddly enough I think you already know my wife, faeryshaman (Myceliae at DA). I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your artistry better...
17th-Mar-2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Hi! Pleased to meet you. I've been exchanging a few comments with faeryshaman recently, as you are probably aware. I discovered her journal through yours and realized that I was familiar with her work from DA. I think her user name intrigued me originally as Faery and shamanism are both interests of mine. The internet so easily sends me off on various tangents!

Alas, the age of Sphinxmuse has largely passed. I keep the website up as an archive, but I do not update it any longer as far as the writing sections are concerned, and the new artwork is posted to my DA accounts and here on LJ (I'm working on a new portfolio website in the meantime).

As I mentioned to faeryshaman, I'm generally pretty quiet on LJ due to the hectic nature of my own life as of late. I generally do not comment much, but I do check up on journals from time to time and we do have a number of common interests :)
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