Hawai’i, History, & the Unexpected Gothic: ‘The Hala Tree Walks in Darkness’

As if by magic it is barely June any longer, but one witch flies, still, through the sky. The month may have turned long ago – whilst I was soaring through the night myself, as it happens – but I have one last tale to discuss before Mayโ€™s Season of the Witch fades completely. Todayโ€™s… Read More Hawai’i, History, & the Unexpected Gothic: ‘The Hala Tree Walks in Darkness’

Aesthetically Hoarded Guest Post: Witches of Western Art

The Season of the Witch is half over and there is so much yet to explore. Soon I hope to take you on a literary journey of the witch as character, but in the meantime, I have enlisted some help. ๐•ฌ๐–Š๐–˜๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–™๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–†๐–‘๐–‘๐–ž ๐•ณ๐–”๐–†๐–—๐–‰๐–Š๐–‰ I could think of no one better to dive deep into the canvas… Read More Aesthetically Hoarded Guest Post: Witches of Western Art

Devon is a Devon is a Burton: The Anatomy of Melancholy and the Artist

Today I am delighted to bring to your attention the incomparable creator of tiny cartoon tube socks, known around the internet as Devon is a Devon. Artist Devon Sherman brings colour and comedy to the black bile of Burton’s Melancholy, and explains why it is not as depressing an endeavour as it may sound! Robert… Read More Devon is a Devon is a Burton: The Anatomy of Melancholy and the Artist

Deliriously Glorious: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Leaving the modern glass front on Evans Way, Boston, behind, a dimly lit tunnel transports its visitors deep into an inner-city oasis. An opulent garden blooms under a glass roof far above. Walls rise on every side with windows and archways beckoning to the inside beyond. Everything is lavish, palatial, and foreign to Massachusetts. This… Read More Deliriously Glorious: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Uncanny as we Picture it: Freud and the Photographer

Describing himself as โ€œa fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, details and religious icons,โ€ Seigar is a photographer, a high school teacher, and an English philologist. His โ€˜Plastic Peopleโ€™ series is โ€œa study on anthropology and sociology that focuses on the humanisation of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world.โ€ There… Read More The Uncanny as we Picture it: Freud and the Photographer

Beneath the Big Top: Interview with a Circus Artist

Have you ever been dazzled by the shining lights and daring feats performed beneath the big top? Have you ever, even just for a moment, wanted to run away with the circus? Having done just that, Alia Ripley, touring circus performer, actor, and aspiring director, joins Generally Gothic to discuss the role of social commentary… Read More Beneath the Big Top: Interview with a Circus Artist

‘Sawdust & Sequins: The Art of the Circus’

The story begins โ€œ250 years ago, on an abandoned patch of land near Londonโ€™s Waterloo, [when] showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. This spectacle was the worldโ€™s very first circus. […] Every circus, anywhere, began at this moment in 1768.โ€… Read More ‘Sawdust & Sequins: The Art of the Circus’

Found Circus Photographs: Forgotten in the Mitten Interview

Forgotten in the Mitten is an online shop filled with โ€œforgotten or discardedโ€ items, based in Michigan, USA – nicknamed the โ€˜Mitten Stateโ€™ after the shape created on mapping its outline. Everything, including found photographs, oddities, and antiques, is handpicked by treasure-collector and shop-owner, Erica, who joins Generally Gothic to discuss her obsession with the… Read More Found Circus Photographs: Forgotten in the Mitten Interview