Using simple ball-point pen and color pencils, artist Eric Thomas Bostrom creates eerie portraits of fleshy, undulating organisms – some with bone, some with the occasional spot of hair. The orange tint of the paper and the pink, sarcoid hues evoke swirling tattoos or drippy medical textbooks.
Whether living (or possibly undead), these “creatures” and shapes take on an existence all their own, bathed in surreal swirls reminiscent of organ tissue, but having a quality much more diffuse when examined closely. The effect is a dream-like dissection of anatomy with the edges rounded off, giving a palatably haunting expression of biology void of the clinical, but full of life-force.
Bostrom uses rubbing alcohol occasionally to “create an array of purples.” It is somehow fitting that he should use a liquid more appropriate for sterilizing a wound than drawing, in order to fully define his colors in bruising, pulsing marks.