Saturday, August 8, 2009

Street of Crocodiles

Now here at Chintz of Darkness we have been demented (and fermented as well at times…) for as long as anyone can remember. We both decided at an early age to follow “the path less taken”. A path overhanging with gossamer cobwebs and shrouds of mystery. A moonlit trail strewn with a mosaic of perils and enchantment that one must carefully navigate. Existing at the fringes of society as we have, one learns to be surefooted and subversive, nimbly avoiding the pitfalls that would change the essence of ourselves and the work that we create.

( A wicked and sublime inkwell by Tiffany & Company)

(The breathtaking furniture designed by Michel Haillard)

Recently we spent our afternoon walk gathering twigs and branches (as well as an exquisite selection of crow feathers) for our new series of sculptures. As we neared our home, arms full of our gnarled harvest, it became necessary to cross the intersection of YUPPIE & SCUM (otherwise known as 15th & Market). As we waited for the traffic light to change we began noticing strange looks from passersby’s. Their expressions seemed to ask “who are these freakish druids and why are they performing a pagan ritual in front of our blessed 7-11?” (The answer to THAT would be, dear friends, trying to rid the world of the Big Bite Hot Dog, Cheesy Jalapeño Nachos and the National Inquirer all in one swoop of the wand…)

(Alec Cobbe Residence)


(...more of Michel Haillard's work.)

Now if someone were to tell you that later that same afternoon that the same freaks were spotted harvesting lethally sharp (yet lovely) thistles from the middle of a traffic circle with a ceremonial knife and an altar cloth, we certainly do not know what to tell you… the world is full of unexplained strangeness.


Upon returning home after our successful hunting and gathering foray we dutifully added our bounty to our growing collection of objects and ephemera that will be incorporated into our work. There are silver trays filled with antlers and bones upon sinisterly cloaked cabinets. A trio of stag skulls has taken over our parlor table, while a colony of costume jewelry has overrun the sofa. It now seems necessary to maneuver around bags of pheasant wings, nefariously purchased crucifixes and ceramic angels (just you wait, cherub, you won’t be smirking for long) simply to turn on the lights and one must climb through a maze of oversized gilded frames to retrieve a timid teacup… but do not get us wrong, we thoroughly enjoy living amid such an array of oddities and look forward to revealing our new conjuring you, dear readers…

(Frank Flemming's inspiring studio...)

(Seraph + Splendor's own Frog Orchestra...they play every night in the Haunted Dollhouse)

Until then a visual collection of some of our favorite inspirations…of special note is the exquisitely phenomenal furniture of Michel Haillard. (This is how we furnish our dreams…how about you?)


I am a Long Lived Snake, I Pass the Night and Am Reborn Every Day
I am the Snake which is in the Limits of the Earth
I Pass the Night and am Reborn, Renewed and Rejuvenated Every Day
I am a Crocodile immersed in Dread
I am the Crocodile who Takes by Robbery
I am the Great and Mighty Loathsome Reptile
Who is in the Bitter Waters
I am the Lord of those who Bow Down in Sekhem

(“Chapter For Transforming Into A Snake” by Nile)


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with your blog; it's a dark, cold love...and it is good.

Thank you.

Mary

carla fox said...

Can't wait to see the new creations! Now is the time of the harvest of nature, from which we reap our creativity (and a few branches and feathers, too).

Hexotica said...

I love your blog too! It reminds me of my favorite interior decorating books 'Interior Alchemy' and 'Divine Decadence'. This post would have been under the chapter 'Wrath' in 'Divine Decadence'. I am sure you probably own or have heard of both these books...maybe even are in them, now that I think about it...

Seraph + Splendor said...

Yes, we love "Divine Decadence"...Stephen Calloway is our very favorite. Are you familiar with his book "Baroque Baroque: the Culture of Excess"? If only one book existed in the world it would have to be that one...
S+S

Lecon de vetement said...

I love that baroque book, and I had to own it!! Your blog is exquisite! I didn't know it was possible to find a human being with perfect taste these days...

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thanks for your kind words! Please visit again soon...
S+S

Edgar and Edgar said...

FABULOUS!!!!!!!

Kimberlee
Edgar and Edgar

nicolette said...

What is the inspiration behind the statues in the glass display? Mandrakes if I were to venture a guess?

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

If only you lived on the west coast. And had open salons every sunday evening at dusk where we could all gather in your wonderfully dark decadent home!
Lisa & Alfie

Seraph + Splendor said...

That would be wonderful...although we spend most of our time floating around the ether world, we do live on west coast (Seattle). Would love to come your way for a visit - the Bay Area is a favorite of ours
Kisses to Alfie!
S+S

merricat said...

Wonderful. I always say all furniture should have feet.

Seraph + Splendor said...

Indeed! It makes moving it so much easier when it can simply scamper into place...
S+S

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