The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows basically defines itself with its title. Simply put, it’s a collection of non-existent words that were created to express feelings of anguish, melancholy, and emotional pain. Yeah, this stuff’s pretty deep.
Words like “occhiolism,” which is defined as “the awareness of the smallness of your perspective” and “exulansis,” which is defined as “the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it” are only two of many words created by this thoughtful web presence.
While their focus is on creating a new language, the accompanying videos that are paired with these new words are just as compelling as the words themselves. Check out this one based on the word “avenoir” (which is “the desire to see memories in advance”), and tell me that you don’t suddenly have tears welling up in your eyes.
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Representativid’arte is Portuguese for “representative art.” Started in 2014, this art project created by feminist artist divinalush shines a light on the various types of bodies that go unseen in the image-conscious media. Her tumblr is a compilation of drawings of real women, the ones who don’t have thigh gaps or been airbrushed to death. With a distinctive pointillism style, her drawings depict women with fat rolls, underarm hair and cellulite, showing the beauty of imperfections of various body types. And at only 8 months old, her project’s mission to change the perception of what’s considered beautiful has already resonated with thousands. Here’s hoping her project grows as more feminist artists get onboard. (Warning: NSFW)
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Sculpture artist Jemima Brown has been drawing pictures of her friend’s Facebook profile photos since 2009. Her ongoing project called Untitled Profile Pictures features not only just attractive head shots but also the pixelated ones, the weird ones, the family ones, the artsy ones, and just the plain old “hi, this is my face” ones. With more than 200 pictures drawn, Brown uses her project to look at the social structures of relationships and technology. Why do we choose the profile photos that we do? Her series doesn’t answer any questions but provide a fascinating insight. That reminds us, we need to update my profile pic.
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If you’ve never seen a PostSecret book by Frank Warren, you’re missing out… because they really are works of art. However, as lovely as the published versions of anonymous secrets may be, there’s something about the official PostSecret website that is that much more entrancing. Maybe it’s because it’s instant, maybe because it’s free, maybe because it is literally limitless in its ability to be viewed by strangers all over the globe—or maybe it’s all three of those factors?
You can spend hours scrolling through the anonymous submissions of secrets on this webpage, and perhaps most significantly, you can submit your own for consideration. The range varies from light and humorous to utterly despairing and heartbreaking, so be prepared to laugh, ponder, and perhaps even cry.
There are some things we can’t tell anybody, so it feels good to be able to tell everybody anonymously.
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Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger’s Falling Garden is made from a variety of materials that hail from all over the world. Plastic berries from India, waste paper from Venice, pigs’ teeth from Indonesia, rubber snakes from Cincinnati, and silk buds from Stockholm, just to name a few. Oh, and did I mention that all of these materials are hung from the ceiling, making it appear as if a flower garden is being dropped from the heavens? Yeah, that too.
Spectators best enjoy this airy but intricate installation by laying on their backs beneath its hanging tangles. Reminiscent of an upside-down Alice in Wonderland trip, experiencing this art project can almost feel otherworldly in its presence. It’s the type of space that will immediately saturate you and keep you entranced by its aesthetic. All you have to do? Just keep looking up.
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Turn your lights off. No, really. You won’t be able to view this interactive art project unless your lights are switched off (or if your finger is covering your webcam). Created by Rostlaub and featuring illustrations by Kim Köster, Ana Somnia is an art project that combines generative illustrations with user interaction. The site uses your webcam to detect if your lights are on or off. If your lights are on, you watch a little girl toss and turn in bed as she struggles to fall asleep. Once you turn your lights off, that’s when the real fun happens. The entire screen goes black while white illustrations start generating all over the screen. There’s really no limit to the type of illustrations generated. We let the site run for at least a good 10 minutes and it still kept producing new illustrations. Don’t believe us? Try it out for yourself. And don’t forget to turn off your lights.
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Most movements, whether they be social or political, idolize the outspoken activists, the charismatic leaders, the extroverted posterboy/girl. These are the names that go into history books and get trotted out during month-long retrospectives. But illustrator Elia Mervi‘s The Quiet Resilience Project is not about the feminist icons you’ve heard of, it’s about the women in history you might not have heard of. It’s about the artists, the writers–creative women who showed tremendous strength behind the scenes through their art. “It’s a tribute to all those who fell into complete forgetfulness,” Mervi explains, “but their clear footprints were the first step of the way of feminism, freedom and equality.” Combining pencil sketches and water colors, Mervi creates soft portraits of iconic women like writer Virginia Woolf and artist Camille Claudel. The project is ongoing, so remember to check back for more.
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