D'you ever feel sometimes that life has the habit of dragging you in two different directions, stretching you to your very limit? And with the next tiny pull, you might actually tear apart, exposing your innards for all to see?
I'm sure we've all felt like that at least once in our lives, but Chilean artist Jeampiere Dinamarca Poque has perfected a way of displaying the stress of existence with his mind-bogglingly awesome and creepily realistic optical illusions, that create the impression of a woman tearing herself apart at the torso.
The illusion is created when Jeampiere Dinamarca Poque a.k.a. Denst paints the subject's torso the same color as the background, embellishing later with the sullied red and black hues of exposed gore. Then when the subject is photographed, the illusion is ready to blow minds and stomachs in equal abandon.
In an interview with Mail Online, the 29-year-old native of Santiago states that the idea for the imagery came to him in the spur of the moment:
The girl cut in two occurred to me when I was about to paint. I started without any real plan of what I wanted to create. It was a momentary thought that sparked the idea.
I was able to get the result I wanted, the woman tearing herself apart. The environment where I paint is really important. It must be aesthetically good.
It was vital to get a strong sense of the skin tearing. Photography is also integral to making this idea work, getting the angles of the shots right makes the art work come alive.
Jeampiere Dinamarca Poque, who also goes by the name Maicol Jerzon when doing stand-up comedy, struggled with a life of poverty before becoming a multimedia artist. Now he has 3 albums released, a YouTube channel dedicated to comedy and a line of MP4 players graced with his graffiti art.
Besides painting grotesquely beautiful body art, Dents' existential art work goes as far as the transcendental, to where we see a woman attempting to escape her body. This is particularly powerful considering the positioning of the subject's body.
Where the body is arched forward, and looking suitably downtrodden with her shoulders tense, her shade looks positively joyous to be escaping the shackles of her earthly form.
Let's have a look at more of Dents' stunning body art:
When I first saw this artwork, what really grabbed me was how reminiscent of Ofelia's meeting with the Pale Man in the seminal Pan's Labyrinth, and how two of Ofelia's fairy friends came to a terrible end after being eaten by the aforementioned manifestation of horror.
The way that the Pale Man would tear them apart with its ferocious hunger was harrowing to watch, and I guess it could serve as a perfect metaphor for our everyday struggles in society and Dents' battle with poverty.
His art is incredible, and I'm happy that he managed to make it to a point where I can sit here and write a heartfelt ode to his beautiful art! If you like what you've seen, get over to his Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, and like, do what you do with social media links!
(Source: Bored Panda, Mail Online)