WAX, POLYMER VARNISH, ACRYLIC & FIRE OVER INKJET PRINT. 19 x 13 inches
For the second volume of our Gods & Goddesses special, Hunter & Gatti decided to explore the multiple facets of inspiration and to pay tribute to the ancient Greek conception of the Muses, the anthropomorphic goddesses that represented the immensity of the omnipotent divine knowledge and had the power to induce creativity and trigger the imagination of the artist, the writer or the scientist. A recent image from their photo shoot at the iconic residence of James Goldstein for our Goldstein issue, depicting the otherworldly beauty of Leanna Decker seconds before being elegantly devoured by a bunch of beauty-addicted vampires, served as their main inspiration.
Leanna’s naked body stood as a metaphor for the artistic process, which sometimes devours the artist in the same way an animal devours its victim, representing at the same time the ever-inspiring feminine figure that has always been a major theme in so many artistic creations. Hunter & Gatti descontextualized the original photo, exploring how it could be transformed into something completely different, yet visually stimulating and concise. In order to achieve their goal, they experimented with different media on 100% cotton rag watercolor paper, blending digital printing, painting and different wax applications to convert their Muse into a fountain of endless inspiration.
PLAYBOY MUSE Series Nº5
The result is a series of artworks that ponder upon the once considered immutable transience of ideas, forms, utopias and beliefs, and examine how these concepts vary in space and time, as we try to hold on to them and their fragility. After all, a concept is generated from a complex combination of reasoning, creativity and self-reflection, and, under this perspective, Hunter & Gatti wanted to explore the idea of the artistic creation as the result of an inspiration process. In this constant metamorphosis, the feminine body becomes the key element of a series of astounding compositions that almost flirt with abstractness.
Just like the employed waxes, which react with heat and are generally unstable, symbolizing the ephemeral and immaterial aspects of creation, Hunter & Gatti advocate their particular appreciation of beauty, revealing the unstable nature of the creative process and the endless potential of art. It’s their ode to the unreal dimension of creativity, the ever-changing nature of the unknown and the transforming power of Homer’s “one Muse and as many Muses”.