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After Susan Sontag on love illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton and Anaïs Nin on life illustrated by Lisa Congdon, the initially inadvertent but now steadfast Brain Pickings artist series of literary illustrations continues with Molly Crabapple and her stunning visual adaptation of Salvador Dalí’s “My Struggle” from Ramon Gomez de la Serna’s Dalí, created exclusively for Brain Pickings — a rare synthesis of the legendary surrealist’s creative vision and personal credo, and a fine addition to these favorite manifestos for the creative life.
Those photographs were for a gender study and artist emulation project I was doing for school. The artist I chose to emulate was this amazing photographer, Catherine Opie. She focuses a lot on gender and sexuality in her pictures and that’s what I’m most interested in, I think. So, I used eyeshadow to give my girlfriend a moustache but left her chest in the photograph to make it more interesting and play with the boundaries of gender.