Under The Killing Moon 

Series of Surrealist lips, © 2015 emiko oye
Recycled and repurposed LEGO®, Argentium silver, rare earth magnet closure
Lips convert into necklaces and wall sculptures. Necklace cords detach and can be worn separate from lips.

My inner New Wave/Post Punk Romantic, Hedwig & The Angry Inch Groupie, and Salvador Dalí / Luis Buñuel Surrealist merged to create the Under The Killing Moon series of convertible lips made from repurposed LEGO®. Surrounded by images from glam glitter W Magazine fashion stories and Dalí’s jeweled “Ruby Lips”, there came a urge to fill a wall with off-kilter lips, as if candidly capturing the range of Desire; from coy to seductive, melancholy to violent. Wanting to push my artistic “outer limits” led me to revisit Luis Buñuel’s first Surrealist film in collaboration with Dalí, “Un Chien Andalou” (1929), not only for it’s challenging visuals, but for its theme “to present the straight and pure ‘conduct’ of someone who continues to pursue love despite wretched humanitarian ideals, patriotism, and the other poor mechanisms of reality.”

Listening to my usual New Wave/Post Punk radio while in the studio, Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon” became the series’ torch song, instigating the compilation of a Lips Soundtrack, setting the tone and titles for the individual lip pieces. 

Upon close inspection the lips appear Neo-Impressionistic and abstract, but when viewed from afar the image clarifies – much like love in its first stages where true perspective is gained only with distance from it. Wear the lips around your neck to be in the “throes of passion”, then put them on the wall to admire, reminisce and reflect.

Image with two models:
Photo © Marc Olivier Le Blanc 2016
Styling by Joui Turandot
Hair & Makeup by Shana Astrachan of Fox & Doll

Lip1:  Lips Like Sugar 
convertible necklace and wall scuplture, © 2015 emiko oye
5” L x 3” W x 1.5” D.  Neck cord: 21.5” L x  .188” D
Private Collection

 

Lip2:  Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
convertible necklace and wall scuplture, © 2015 emiko oye
4.75” L x 3.75” W x 2” D.  Neck cord: 21” L x  .188” D

 

Lip3:  Our Lips Are Sealed
convertible necklace and wall scuplture, © 2015 emiko oye
4.75” L x 3.125” W x 1.625” D.  Neck cord: 21.75” L x  .188” D

 

Lip4:  Big Mouth Strikes Again
convertible necklace and wall scuplture, © 2015 emiko oye
5.375” L x 3.75” W x 2” D.  Neck cord: 21.5” L x  .188” D
Inspired by Salvadore Dalí’s jeweled “Ruby Lips”

 

Lip5:  Pillow Lips
convertible necklace and wall scuplture, © 2015 emiko oye
5” L x 4.125” W x 1.5” D.  Neck cord: 21.75” L x  .188” D

 

Lip 6:  Cautious Lip
convertible necklace and wall scuplture, © 2015 emiko oye