Annihilation and David Altmejd – an aesthetic of evolution, transformation, horror and beauty (TW: body horror)

I adored Annihilation’s visual approach (among so much of it, gosh I just adored it overall really!) but as we walked out of the theatre, Matt and I realized we’d seen a similar visual theme at work elsewhere: at the MAC (Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montreal) when we caught a career-spanning solo show of David Altmejd’s work. I’m going to share here with you some images from both, because I think the interplay is really neat!

For the record, the images below are going to flirt with body horror in a big way.

First off, let’s look at some key scenes of Annihilation (click to see the source file larger):

Now, let’s admire some of David Altmejd’s work:

Let’s take a good look at some of his figurative stuff:

And for one final comparison, let me share with you the close-up concepts of the horrifying bear’s head in Annihilation:

And a few final pieces of Altmejd’s that really heck me up:

I’m not crying theft here – I’m just always delighted to find themes, and for anyone who loved the visuals of Annihilation, the art world does actually hold interesting and relevant art for you!

Thanks for your time! Comments are open!

It Came from Beneath the Mire

This monster came from too much heavy metal and some time in a sketchbook with my favourite pencils. After the drawing was done, I printed it out on watercolour paper to finish bringing the monster to life in full colour.

Watercolour on watercolour paper, 2017.

It Came from Beneath the Mire

Full Colour Yellow King RPG Book Cover Illustration

This illustration was drawn for Robin Laws’ Yellow King RPG‘s Paris book, featuring 1890s Parisian street cafes, late Victorian fashion, and an uncanny, glowing aura of Carcosa. It was created in watercolour and coloured pencil, and took inspiration from the art of the era, including the symbolist and late romantic painters, as well as sculpture and poster design.

Yellow King RPG Paris Cover

Black and White Illustration of The Picture in the House

An illustration for Lovecraft’s The Picture in the House, drawn for Puffed Shoggoths.

Illustration for Lovecraft's The Picture in the House