A while back I received a small package from the kind folks at Trapshot Archives, an independent press from Montreal which caught my eye. Their goal, to encourage the work of up-and-coming creative talents, definitely matches those of this site, and the contents of the package they sent further proved this point. What you see above is a small book with the works of Erika Altosaar called L’Anonyme, which “charts a transformation in understanding sexuality, sensuality, gender programming, and the particularities of being a She.” There’s something so primal and sexual about the images she created, like dirty drawings you wouldn’t want your parents to find, but with a poetic beauty attached. The ethereal shapes she’s created bear the fingerprints of their creator, both literally and figuratively, hear charcoal smears creating the abstract shapes of womanhood.
This wouldn’t normally be something I would post about, but I’ve been pouring over it this weekend and realized why Altosaar is starting to pick up so much steam. I featured her work previously in a collected edition titled E’tranger, works that seem like a more complex version of these found in L’Anonyme. It’s exciting to see where her work will go next.
You can snag yourself a copy of L’Anonyme by clicking here.