Instagram Inspiration #2

Some more Instagram posts that I have saved over the past few weeks and have been inspired by them in some way.

Ryan Burke

Ryan Burke is a make-up artist and photographer an became aware of his work through a YouTube series about drag make up. This post appealed to me because of the layers of fabric cut to reveal different parts of the face. I like the way the fabric stretches, forming slime-like formations, something I have been looking at as a metaphor for the fatigue of Fibromyalgia.


Michelangelo Antonioni

I am not familiar with Antonioni’s work, but this image struck a chord with the fragmentation of the mirror and self, again a reflection of the loss of sense of self after chronic illness. Maybe I could try out fragmented portraits as a representation of this condition.


Sam Drew

This appealed to me from more of a technical stand point. I really enjoy using bold colour and strong black lines in my own work, so I was instantly attracted to this. I am often a little nervous when it comes to shadows but there is no fear in these bold shadows, which I admire. Also, there’s loads of eyes, and I love incorporating eyes where I can; they are a strong symbol.


Max Ernst

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This large-scale overpainting by Max Ernst is based on an inverted, commercially available teaching chart depicting magnified views of brewer’s yeast cells. Ernst painted in gears, bands, eyes, limbs, and whiskers to transform the image into a virtual circus of tightrope walkers and cyclists. … Now on view in #BeyondPainting. … Image: Max Ernst. “The Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the Dappled Fire Damps and the Echinoderms Bending the Spine to Look for Caresses.” 1921. Gouache, ink, and pencil on printed paper on paperboard. Purchase, 1937. Photo: Robert Gerhardt. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris “Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Bierhefepilz” (Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Brewer’s yeast). Chart 40 in Heinrich Jung, G. von Koch, and F. Quentell, “Neue Wandtafeln für Zoologie und Botanik: Begleitheft” (Darmstadt: Verlag Frommann & Morian, [1903?]). Universitäts und Landesbibliothek, Darmstadt]

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What’s great about following accounts like The Museum of Modern Art is they share historical works, which instantly expands my sources of inspiration. What I enjoyed about this is the use of not only found imagery that is re-purposed, but also the way in which they interact with each other. I feel that this loosely relates to my work looking at nerve cells and creating characters inspired by them. I need to work more on interaction now I have developed character design.


Benny Chu

Artists in the drag community are going crazy for Benny Chu at the moment, and I can see why. I really love the geometric shapes within the portraits he creates and they translate really well to make-up. I have been playing around with portraits using symbols and geometric shapes and feel that this style would translate well into collage work as well. Lots of ideas to play around with.


Adam Riches

Adam Riches’ work seems to follow two styles in two different mediums. I really like his ballpoint pen line images; the lines seem to evoke this sense of chaos and uncertainty that I relate to. His paintings reflect a similar emotion, with a sense of emotional turmoil and lack of clarity. Perhaps I shouldn’t be striving for clean lines in my work, as that isn’t an accurate representation of living with a chronic illness.


Blood Milk

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Lilith Mourning Beads: This special strand of mourning beads is composed of Onyx beads & small beads salvaged from a disintegrating Mourning jacket cape from my personal collection. There are several ideas at work in this particular piece. In the tradition of mourning jewelry, this strand is time traveling a bi: I'm interested in tethering myself to the past, and while a lot of my work does so via castings from antique molds, this design literally contains the past, specifically one individual in particular. She is a ghost to me and owning her jacket holds a kind of sacredness for me. It is frayed and coming apart from age { over 100 years old } but still retains such beauty in its bead work. It's painful to further take it apart but I love the idea of these tiny beads, tiny tears, living on with multiple people across the world. Another idea is devotion to the goddess Lilith, often associated with being the first { & equal } wife of Adam who refused to lie beneath him. Lilith is also the name of the beloved daughter of @blackphoenixalchemylab, a part of our extended family and the smaller, more petite design and size is in homage to this little girl wonder 🖤 The Lilith strand is a talisman for those in grief, those facing their shadow and those devoted to the Goddess, and also, the female members of our family. It is currently available in my shop: these are the last strands that carry beads from this jacket: / direct link in profile. #bloodmilk #psychicarmor #victorianmourning #timetravel

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Blood Milk creates her own kind of mourning jewellery, something I have been interested in recently after visiting ‘Medicine Man’ at the Wellcome Collection, where I saw antique amulets and momento mori. Grief and mourning are part of the process of transitioning from a healthy self to a sick self, longing for your old life, so these objects provide a huge amount of sentiment to me. When creating my illustration work, I would like to be able to adapt them to jewellery, or at least consider it as an option. Not only will this expand and provide a different form of potential financial benefit, I will be able to explore different more generalised emotions attached to chronic illness.


Archan Nair

I was attracted to this simply because of the explosion of colour and shapes from the head, which to me read as a chaos of thoughts and emotions.


Rob Bidder

This series of comic strips are not only amusing, but are also a great reflection of the emotions and experiences surrounding different illnesses. Also, it is relatively simple, putting me at ease in terms of striving for a high level of detail and perfection in my own work.



Blood Milk, (2017) About [online] Available at: (Accessed 4 December 2017)

Drew, S. (2017) About [online] Available at: (Accessed 4 December 2017)


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