Rebecca Tillett: Photography & Design Photography & Design2015-02-16T20:08:53Z http://rebeccatillett.com/feed/atom/WordPress Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[Animal by Mama Cass]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2559 2015-02-16T20:08:53Z 2015-02-16T20:08:53Z Animal, one of the most powerful, beautiful, provocative, and disturbing pieces of performance art I think I've ever seen. The artist happens to be my cousin, Cassie (aka Mama Cass), who's modeled for many of my photographs. She's spent years pushing the boundaries in her work but this piece is truly in a league of its own. Using a distressing recent family event as inspiration, she displays a tenacious fortitude in this that I've not seen in her previous work and can hardly recall seeing anywhere else, actually. This is pure guts, raw and dripping with overwhelming emotion. I am extremely proud of her, not only for the outstanding execution but for the sheer and utter fearlessness exuding from this short video. You rarely see such bravery.]]> Animal by Mama Cass

Last night, I watched Animal, one of the most powerful, beautiful, provocative, and disturbing pieces of performance art I think I’ve ever seen. The artist happens to be my cousin, Cassie (aka Mama Cass), who’s modeled for many of my photographs. She’s spent years pushing the boundaries in her work but this piece is truly in a league of its own. Using a distressing recent family event as inspiration, she displays a tenacious fortitude in this that I’ve not seen in her previous work and can hardly recall seeing anywhere else, actually. This is pure guts, raw and dripping with overwhelming emotion. I am extremely proud of her, not only for the outstanding execution but for the sheer and utter fearlessness exuding from this short video. You rarely see such bravery.

I hate having to give the NSFW warning as a disclaimer to artwork (because art should be above such a warning) but I will anyway. If it isn’t immediately obvious from the stills above, there is nudity.

Watch the video here: Animal by Mama Cass
And make sure you have the volume turned up, the sound is as important as the visuals.

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[50 Shades of STFU]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2556 2015-02-16T15:18:29Z 2015-02-15T15:14:27Z 50 Shades of STFU

I’m not a prude by any means. You don’t have to know me long or well to know that about me. I love fine art nudity, sloppy and amateur porn, the many crazy kinks and fetishes that abound, sex, sex, and more sex. I love exercised dominance on both sides of the gender field and so long as animals or children aren’t involved, I can appreciate any and all preferences, no matter how strange, in the bedroom. I especially love that women are beginning to feel less ashamed and more empowered in this realm and that we’re slowly moving into a world where it’s just as acceptable for a woman to embrace her sexuality as men have been doing without consequence for eons.

So why can’t we just let that be? I’ve never read Fifty Shades of Grey, never felt inclined and I don’t have a single opinion on it. I don’t care if it’s poorly written and I don’t care if the subject matter is considered distasteful to some. Who cares? If it’s not your thing, withhold judgement and save the energy you’ve reserved for hating on others’ preferences. Devote it to your own loves and passions instead. (Women, I’m looking at you specifically. Don’t raise yourself up in misguided righteousness by putting other women down.) You’ll be a happier person for it. And so will I because I swear, if I see any more online arguments on the topic I just might have to shoot my own face off. :)

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[Happiness]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2552 2015-02-04T20:59:59Z 2015-02-01T20:58:04Z Happiness

You know where to find your happiness. It’s in your heart. Follow it. Fear and logic may lead you down the path of least resistance because it’s easier and far less terrifying, but you’ll never be able to silence the aching whine emanating from your chest. Listen to it. You’ll find that when you do, the conquering of your fear will be empowering and the submission to the wants of your heart will be an ecstatic relief you’d never realized you needed so badly until you got it.
In the end, facing your fear is far easier than too many years of ignoring your heart. Trust me. The latter will eventually beat you down to a pulp and you’ll realize how accustomed you’ve become to living with regret.
It’s never too late to change course.

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[#FREETHENIPPLE, the comic]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2545 2015-01-14T23:01:05Z 2015-01-14T23:01:05Z #freethenipple

Original #freethenipple post here: rebeccatillett.com/freethenipple/

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[you were]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2543 2015-01-14T22:51:37Z 2015-01-14T22:51:37Z “Pretty sure you were the love of my life.”
“Why do you say that?”
“I can never stop thinking about you.”

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[Persevere]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2536 2015-01-14T00:40:16Z 2015-01-13T22:17:14Z Persevere

I will persevere,
when your skin cracks open beneath my fingers,
when your bones become too brittle to hold you up,
when light and dark are indecipherable,
when ribbons of your blood weep to the floor threatening to drown us both,
I will laugh at the audacity,
I will inflate my lungs in defiance and
I will hold on,
I will persevere.

{Rebecca Tillett}

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[How, Then, Shall We Live?]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2530 2015-01-10T20:28:21Z 2015-01-10T20:28:21Z “Clearly our wounds need our attention. But when we concentrate exclusively upon our hurt, we learn to see the brokenness, losses, or injuries we have been given as the most important things in our lives. We cultivate an attention to these wounds in such a way that, over time, they come to occupy the most important place in our heart. Our wound lives in the center of our thoughts. In this way, we actually come to love our suffering.” —Wayne Muller

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[Mr. O]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2533 2015-01-13T22:03:43Z 2015-01-06T22:00:24Z Mr. O - Illustration

Mr. O, a frequent patron of my heart but rarely the subject of my art.

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[her hands will embrace your throbbing throat]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2515 2015-01-04T17:14:24Z 2015-01-03T21:49:09Z her hands will embrace  your throbbing throat

Her smile will level you
Quite like her big green eyes
Nestled unassumingly behind
Her fluttering lids
But her hands will embrace
Your throbbing throat and squeeze
Until your lips turn blue
And your memories of her
Dissolve into the blinding stench
Of dreams unrealized

{Rebecca Tillett}

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Rebecca Tillett <![CDATA[365//365]]> http://rebeccatillett.com/?p=2526 2015-01-03T22:12:52Z 2014-12-31T22:11:18Z 365//365

(365//365) At 2013’s end, like a raging forest fire I burned everything in my life down and started over in 2014 as something new. I spent this year fostering new growth, and becoming reacquainted with myself. And it’s been one beautifully eye-opening experience. I don’t know what to expect of 2015 but I’m trying not to expect anything at all. Sometimes the hardest but most basic thing can simply be to let life happen. So loosen your grip, friends, be grateful for what and who you have and be thankful you’re alive to see one more beautiful night of fireworks. I can’t promise 2015 is going to be a great year, but I can promise that either way, you’re fortunate enough to experience it.

The words “thank you” seem so small but I am so entirely grateful for all of the support you’ve given me throughout the year. So thank you for that and for following this 365 project. It has really meant the world to me.

“Just to be clear
I don’t want to get out
without a broken heart.
I intend to leave this life
so shattered
there’s gonna have to be
a thousand separate heavens
for all of my flying parts.”
{Andrea Gibson}

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