One week till Halloween! On this day of the Halloween postcard series, I’ve selected postcards that emit a feeling of unheimlich. I’ve heard and read this term more in the past year than ever before, so I suspect this fascinating topic is currently understood by a fairly broad public. But here’s a short explanation anyway: Unheimlich is a Freudian term that describes our sense of unease when something is familiar, yet off somehow. In English, unheimlich is generally translated as “the uncanny.”
Like many artists, Claudia Kunin’s art and her life are very much alike. A witchy woman in love with early Americana (Colonial, Civil War era, Western), her exquisite photographs conjure these periods like a medium at a seance. Yet her approach is current. Kunin often shoots digitally, and the postcard below is only seen to full effect with 3-D glasses! Oppositely, and yet the same, she created another series in the form of stereoscope slides! Check out http://www.claudiakunin.com/
I believe this is from a play. If you can read Russian, please comment! I’d love to know what it says.
(By the way, a while back I said I’d spend a week in October–for the October Revolution–sharing my many Russian postcards. I didn’t forget! Rather, I found out that, by the current Gregorian calendar, the uprising really took place in November–October on the old Julian calendar. So we’ll do it next month!)
Tomorrow’s Halloween postcard theme is Sinfully Sexy, so strip down to your long johns, you devil, you!