Portraits In Deviance #55: bodstart3
Normally, when trying to analyze fetish art, my first instinct is to try to normalize, or rationalize the fetish some how. Pregnancy fetish? Sure, it’s like an oedipal thing maybe, an expression of femininity, OK. You wanna be eaten by a giant anthropomorphic fox? Well, maybe power is a turn on and giants are powerful and anthropomorphic animals are cute, I can sort of see what you’re getting at, OK, fine. Beefy hunks that are actually aliens riding around in beefy hunk suits? I’m sorry, you might have lost me.
That’s bodstart3's thing, I guess. Although, it's not just aliens in suits. It's also, parasites and ghosts taking over real beefy hunks as well.
Alright, let’s try to figure this out. The hunks…that much is obvious. I think we can all agree that beefy hunks are something we can understand why someone would be attracted to. So, what’s with the possession the rest? Why not just draw cheesecake pin-ups of beefy hunks? Why have an alien controlling them?
Well, I think control is exactly the issue here. While the beefy hunks tend to be pouty faced, thoughtless, the controlling entities are given personality and force of will. They are the actors in these images, they are the protagonists and are therefor, the artist’s (and audience’s) proxy.
He longs to control his objects of desire (beefy hunks). As a side note, I did find one image of a woman being controlled by an alien, but it was a commissioned piece and also she was taking over a beefy dude.
Bodstart3’s works feature clean, confident lines and a strong grasp of anatomy and naturalistic poses. His gallery features over eight hundred images that he’s produced over the last five years, and you can really see his style evolve and his craft develop. While normally I find a lack of background to be a cop out, I think it works with these pin ups, really allowing us to focus in on the surreal almost Cronenbergian body horror of what’s happening. Also, in case you were wondering, of course he did a couple drawings of Krang.
So, yes, for presenting me with something entirely incomprehensible and leaving just enough bread crumbs to figure it out, I thank you bodstart3. You are a True Deviant.
(also, thanks for the tip markinternet)