Morbid obsession

Artist uses serial killer portraits to explore link between women, violence, and feminism

The feminist artist Maggie Dunlop has created an eerie new series of portraits of serial killers in the form of an alphabet, in which A is for Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, while B is for the serial killer known as “Bind, Torture, Kill.” The pencil drawings play with ideas of beauty and ugliness, Dunlap told the Huffington Post. “I think the most powerful emotion is the one that teeters on the edge of repulsion and intrigue,” she said.

Dunlop has also created embroidered handcuffs, weavings that intertwine chains, and bondage gear, and said she uses her art to unpack her morbid obsessions and understand how they relate to her identity as a feminist, as well as the ways in which women are drawn to serial killers and true crime. “Being a woman can be (and, unfortunately, usually is) a violent experience,” she said.

Read the full story at the Huffington Post.

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