sleeping like a…

thought id post this…

thought it’d be interesting to have a record of it at this stage – especially given that when i put finishing touches to the piece it may screw it up completely!

i’m concerned some of the varnishes i will be using will react badly with the materials used so far in the build. i think i have taken suitable precautions so that it wont happen – but you never know!



stored data

i’m looking at how to connect a physical exhibition space with digitally stored information.

QR codes certainly seem like the simplest and most easily accessed method by which to do this. for instance, the code on the left links directly to this blog

so, i could easily have a separate page for each piece of stored data. the QRcode could be fixed next to the exhibit, enabling to digital version to be accessed while in the presence of the original.


roll up roll up

i’ve been working on some of the associated media that will go alongside the constructed head for the brainchild exhibit.

these are a couple of sketchbook pages for a carnival style poster…

which i worked into this design…

i refined the linework somewhat, adding a flower to balance the composition and maintain a feminine look. i also altered the baby a little, in an attempt to make it look less evil!

there are still issues – the eyes are a bit lopsided, the neck isn’t quite right, the earring doesn’t work, yadda yadda yadda… but overall i do quite like the piece.

inspirationally, i had hoped to use the art nouveau styling of alphonse mucha [link]. although in the end, this piece owes a lot more to an australian tattoo artist, known as shannon meow [link]. i have admired her artistic style for some time, and this is the first time i’ve ever tried to produce something in that vein. [it’s not a patch on her stuff, but definitely a style i would like to attempt again.]

anyway. i still need to fix the issues i mentioned, then i have to sort some suitable text to compliment it. and then see about getting it coloured and possibly printed!


ben’s brainchild

i found another brainchild!

this is by an artist called ben heine, who has a project entitled, ‘pencil vs. camera‘. in this, he replaces sections of a real image with a pencil sketch – which either replicates the scene or adds a new element.  [link]

this is what he has to say about the image below:

There is a baby in everyone of us. I actually wanted to draw the little child inside her head, but I finally decided to make it become the flower of an imaginary plant, still connected to the precious woman. Dedicated to Marta.

the original image is on ben’s flickr [link]


even more brainbabies

in my previous post, i told you about trevor brown’s blog [link] which showed other brainchildren. a few people had commented on his post and suggested similar looking concepts. these are their links…

first up we have a headache inducing logo for the record label malaise music. described as ‘baby skull within a skull‘ [link]

suggestion is then made of catherine burris [link], who i have already highlighted in an earlier post. at that time i had voiced my surprise at not having found any work by alex grey which featured this concept – it seems i just hadn’t looked hard enough!

this piece is called interbeing [link]

alex grey seems to inspire and influence a great deal of the imagery used by the band, tool. and it was a piece of artwork for tool’s album 10,000 days which was the first thing i ever linked when looking for similarities. so i’m really not surprised to see their name come up again.

at 6.00 you will see a brainchild, and around 6.30, you will see imagery almost identical to the alex grey painting above.

alex grey’s interbeing dates back to 2002, but as more and more of these images rear their heads, i find it hard to believe that this will be the earliest version of the concept to be found…



more brainbabies

i hadn’t been having much luck finding other artistic interpretations of the brainchild using search engines. however, it crossed my mind that i could upload my own drawing into the google image search …maybe it would bring up other similar images?

it didn’t bring up anything new, but it did show me a few weblinks of sites that were hosting a copy of my image which i didn’t know about. the most interesting of which was one particular post on the baby art blog, belonging to the artist trevor brown [link].

the post starts by discussing this image of his own…

although i’m not sure whether this is an original painting, or simply a montage of pre-existing material from a reference book. irrespective – the similarity of concept is striking, no?

as the post goes on, he explains that he looked for other similar uses of the concept himself and – amongst several others – he across my image. he even goes so far as to quote my blog, where i state that i haven’t been able to find this concept anywhere else.

however, what trevor brown fails to do is actually credit any of the artists whose work that he has reposted. i have a lot of respect for his work [link], indeed i have admired it for some years. but i must admit to being very disappointed by an established artist not bothering to credit or link where appropriate.

anyway, these are some of the images that were posted..

[above] i can’t find any information about this image – google image searches, only link to the blog post already mentioned. the americanised date [10 april 2011] does precede my own sketch.

[above] i cant find the original source for the x-ray image either. google image search certainly brings up the skull x-ray, but as to who added the foetus i have no clue!

brainchild concepts [above] is by an artist called dan monroe. the image itself is featured on the cover of his book, called, ‘brainchild’, which is available on lulu [link]

brainchild studio [above] appears to be for a some kind of creative studio – although the site, has little more than placeholder information on it, but nonetheless, here it is [link]

and lastly we have good ol’ marilyn manson with an autopsy video for the song  ‘god eat god‘. enjoy!



WARNING: may i take a moment to warn anyone of a sensitive disposition (or those who are eating!) that it may be better to avoid this post….

i wondered what medical science would have to say about this brainchild concept, and this is what my research showed up…

TERATOMA: from classical greek, meaning ‘monstrous tumour‘.

simply put, a teratoma is an encapsulated tumour which contains tissue or organ components. these tissues may be quite different from the surrounding tissues, and have been known to contain hair, teeth, bone, and on rare occasions more complex organs such as eyes or limbs.

there are 2 rare forms of this condition:

fetus in fetu and fetiform teratoma.

in these cases, the cyst contains tissue components which resemble a malformed foetus. both may contain partial/complete organ systems, even major body parts such as torso or limbs. however, fetus in fetu differs in that it has an apparent spine and bilateral symmetry.

the popular medical interpretation of fetus in fetu is as a congenital complication, whereupon one foetus begins growing within it’s twin. however, without the appropriate in utero conditions, a fetus in fetu cannot develop to physical maturity. there are reported cases of mature teratome which contain partially developed organ systems, cranial bones, and a rudimentary beating heart.

a fetus in fetu can be considered alive only in a very limited sense, as it’s blood supply for tissue and organs are provided directly by it’s host. additionally, all cases of fetus in fetu present critical defects, such as no functional brain, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, or urinary tract.

fascinating stuff. no?

well here’s a little more…

in 2008, a 3day old baby [sam esquibel] received brain surgery to remove a tumour which was picked by an MRI scan. but when the surgeon operated, this is what he found…

the surgeon removed a foot, a partially formed hand, a thigh and a second, but partially-formed foot. read the story here [link].  for dramatic purposes, please let me restate this fact:

these bodyparts were removed from the brain of a newborn baby! 


ADDITIONAL NOTE  [17 march 2012]

as far as i am aware, all of the above information is factually correct. there are other posts on this blog that discuss a foetus growing within a person’s brain – but they relate to a university project i am currently undertaking.

so, if you arrived at this blog looking for answers to genuine medical questions relating to cysts, then you’d probably be better looking for further information elsewhere, as i’m all out of facts for you.

however, maybe it was a morbid fascination with the human body that brought you here… perhaps the idea that a cyst could grow within the human body, which contained hairs and teeth? or maybe you were curious about a congenital disorder which results in one twin’s foetus being absorbed into the body of another? if it was something like this, then you may enjoy more of this blog.

i am telling the fictitious tale of a sideshow exhibit from the late 1800s – known as Rachel & Baby Rosie.

in this carnival attraction, the decapitated head of a girl named Rachel was on display in a glass case. however, not only was she decapitated, but the top of her skull had been sawn off.

normally, inspection of the inner cranium would reveal a brain, but not in her case. oh no, inside this poor girl’s head was a foetus; a true brainchild!

the unborn child turned out to be a girl, and she was given the name, Rosie.

the rest of this blog discusses my efforts to organise a small exhibition using this carnival attraction as a central artefact. i look into the history of the macabre artefact, and also investigate other accounts of this brainchild phenomena.

let me restate: the head mentioned in this addendum is an item i have constructed myself. the backstory of this head is a fictional story. the exhibition i am putting on is part of a graded module within my degree course.