Body horror and glamour intersect to form a monstrous and bloodthirsty being that is both threatening and elegant.
Driven by an immense shared interest in horror and gore, we decided to create an artistic piece that depicts the imperfections of humanity and the transformation of beauty to monstrosity. We have watched an innumerable amount of horror and mystery films (e.g., The Shining, Parasite, Train to Busan, Hereditary, Orphan, etc.) and discussed current events related to the criminal justice system, human tragedies (e.g., Itaewon Halloween Tragedy, Hiroshima Bombing, Holocaust, etc.), and unethical practices from unique perspectives.Last year as our pair project, we hosted a podcast entitled Eternal Discourse discussing the Stanford Prison Experiment. This year, after participating in a series of Girls Write Now workshops on zines, we decided to create an art piece using Canva because we wanted to experiment with a new medium. We believed creating a collage expressing our views on horror would be a perfect addition to Girls Write Now’s upcoming zine with the theme being underground.
Salma Elhandaoui was born in Morocco with a desire to achieve her dreams despite any obstacles that she may face. As she discovered the world of literature and art and became more globally conscious, she immersed herself in investigative journalism, contemporary literature and climate change activism. Now, she’s managing her own climate change campaign, as well as Dynarrative, an online literary magazine and community where writers have the creative freedom to explore their passions in multiple genres.
Ashley Albert is an aspiring novelist and art maker. She has worked in trade book publishing for more than six years and is currently an associate managing editor at Abrams Books. In 2021 she received her MFA in fiction writing from Hunter College. Her personal and creative obsessions include horror, true crime, folklore, gender and sexuality, and surrealism. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her two children, who are both cats.