Christine McConnell is a baker and artist who brings expertly realized visions of occult oddities to life. I found out about her on Reddit a few months ago in reference to one of her beautiful pin up recreations. I was linked to her Instagram channel and was hooked immediately by her many beautiful artworks. As an artist, she spans many mediums: photography, costume design, sculpture, and food art creations. What makes her work relevant to us lovers of the arcane is the twinge of darkness, sometimes subtle, sometimes not so much, that inspires her work.
Take, for example, one of her pin-up self-portraits where she appears as a black widow spider. The image is beautifully unsettling. I appreciate how she turns the idea of a pin-up (an artistic rendering for male pleasure) into something dangerous and uncanny for the viewer. A beautiful danger like the Sirens of Greek lore.
References to famous horror movies run throughout her pieces. This includes a pin-up take on the twins from The Shining as well as odes to 50's style cheesy alien films. Her edible sculptures also celebrate famous horror figures, such as Frankenstein and the “baby” monster from Alien.
Last, but not certainly not least, I must reference what I consider to be one of the best “Haunted Houses” I’ve seen. For this piece, Christine decorated her parent’s lovely home into a monstrous creature for Halloween.
I recommend checking out her instagram to view all her amazing works. Let me know in the comments below what you think and if you have any artists that you are currently obsessing over.