The Art of Darkness

Drawing Ghosts

February 17th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Emily's BridgeLeigh Elise paints the things that go bump in the night, and they are kind of awesome.

Ever since I was little, I’ve adored ghost stories. My favorites have always been of the “true” variety — those based on historical accounts of tragedies, where either the violence or emotion was so great, it left a physical — sometimes even a recordable — memory behind. As I grew up, I began to notice certain similarities among the real ghosts I loved — Alice in the South Carolina marshes; Emily in a Vermont covered bridge; the Green Lady of Fyvie Castle; Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London. Each woman is beautiful, each woman is tragic — and, of course, each woman is terrifying.

She uses vintage photographs, found objects, and a variety of other media to capture the spooky essence of the stories to great effect. I like the surreal nature of the art, which certainly highlights the eeriness of the subject matter.

In addition to the ghost stories covered in her Apparitions series the site also features several other collections, including The Lovely Eccentrics, which feature oddball characters in a variety of peculiar situations (and where I just found my patron saint), and Antique LOLs, which are wonderfully silly.

There are apparently plans to eventually open an Etsy shop as well, which may mean that prints and other items will be available. I’m a fan of massing several pieces of related art, and a framed series of haunted prints would be lovely as the focal point of a room.

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