blood lap/legs, 2001
16" x 20" each


Blood Legs and Blood Lap mimic a traditional portraiture set in a non -traditional manner. The portraits are of a blonde and a brunette who wear identical gray outfits. Their facial expressions are stoic and deadpan and the subjects are covered in blood. The photographs mimic typical Hollywood movie characters, glamorizing violence with the use of portraiture.

Is it blood or paint? Whose blood is it…is it from both or one of the women? The blood is used to insinuate a number of interpretations. Its painterly application accentuates its use as a prop. Is it a case of murder, menstruation or simply a violent exercise in art history?

all images © Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann 2000-2007