Dark Art Interview with Draconis Blackthorne
By Storm

1) How do you personally define Dark Art?

First of all, 'dark' would be according to the beholder, but if regarded as a particular 'class':

A}. In its most visceral, or typical sense, that which deals with morbid types of subject matter, such as death, blasphemy, and gore, used to shock and outrage, which may or may not be a reflection of the artist. It could be used as a means to an end, to establish notoriety.

It also displays sublimated primal inclinations suppressed by any given society. It is interesting to note that most western 'dark art' exhibits some of the most vile and blood-laden spectacles possible, in a society where death is typically swept under the rug and glossed over in favor of a so-called "wholesome" lifestyle. In the orient, Japan in particular, it can be seen in various amorphous sexual exaggerations through Hentai - so it can be seen that man's natural carnal nature will out in one form or another, art being one of the most productive, which may also act as stress release, otherwise having manifested in potentially aberrant behavior.

B}. It may also be indicative of 'forbidden', and taboo idealistic and philosophical subject matter, highly symbolic, which may or may not contain gore. Such as what American photographer Andres Serrano did with the blasphemous "Piss Christ", as an example. Both as a statement against religious christian oppression, and overall censorship.

C}. As a genuine reflection of the artist, it is a Jungian expression of subconscious fears and/or fascination, which may be therapeutic in nature, and may otherwise be used as a tool to manipulate social change in a psychodramatic sense. Art itself may be a ritualistic tool of self-transformation, to evolve towards a self-professed ideal.

In this sense, by artistically materializing dark iconography, it tends to hold deep symbolism for the creator and is resonant with the viewer as well, which may or may not translate identically, but may inspire personal definitions within any given psyche.

For instance, what the herd may consider 'dark', may in fact contain some of the most beautiful expressions of the human condition, and/or anatomy. It really is relative to the individual.

2) What initially attracted you to Dark Art and what about it continues to intrigue you?

Actually, I began being attracted as a Dracling towards dark art from occult encyclopedias like 'Man, Myth, & Magic', and various grimoires, poured over at libraries. Artists such as Albrecht Durer, Hieronymus Bosch, Botticelli, Goya, and others, then later H.R. Giger, Salvador Dali, as well as Sorayama have always held a fascination. Even some of the art in 'Heavy Metal' magazine, comic books & novels, and 'Dungeons & Dragons' manuals provided contemplation and inspiration.

It was also amusing at times to spot certain favorite pieces being used for various Heavy Metal and Rock albums, while most in that genre probably assumed these were original to the album. Sometimes I bought the album for the artwork, but frequently became delightfully suprised at the music as well, which sometimes tended to reflect the entertaining theatrics displayed.

"Dark Art" tends to demonstrate some of the most imaginative visual permutations in extremes, from brutal reality to the most fantastical, both of which have been pleasing and otherwise inspire meditation for different reasons.

3) Who do you think is the "Godfather" or "Godmother" of Dark Art?

Our primal ancestors. From antiquarian cave paintings depicting the violence of the hunt, war, to mythological depictions of devils and monsters, as well as some of the earliest artists such as Durer and Bosch mentioned earlier. All through to the Gothic, Renaissance, Feudal {Dark Age}, and Baroque eras, each contained their own aesthetic iconoclasts which formed a particular style, thus inspiring others in similar expressions, to their own unique visions.

4) Would you consider yourself to be a Satanic Artist? Is there a difference between Satanic Art and Dark Art, or do you think that Satanic Art is simply a subgenre of Dark Art?

Yes, Satanic both in the sense that I Am a Satanist, as well as creating that which is directly pertinent to My own individual psyche.

However, Satanic Art need not necessarily be laced through with a pre-occupation with death, blood, blasphemy, and gore. Depending upon the intent of the artist, it can display everything from classic beauty to commonplace subject matter, as beauty is just as relative as what may be commonly considered 'ugly', 'morose', 'depressing', or even 'evil'.

Ultimately, I would say that 'Satanic Art' is just 'personal art'. Satanic Art may contain dark art per se, but dark art is not necessarily Satanic Art, unless it is a direct reflection of the artist oneself. Much of it also depends upon intent.

5) Which Artists have influenced you in this genre? Where do your other inspirations come from?

Primarily H.R. Giger, Rex Diabolus Church, Joseph Vargo, and Timothy Patrick Butler for My ideally similar styles. Otherwise, I visualize what I wish to create into the second dimension, and use whatever tools necessary to materialize it, whether hand-drawn, painted, or digital, sometimes a combination of these.

I derive inspiration from some of the most unexpected sources - from the way a shadow & light falls, the way some element of nature is configured, like a twisted tree, which perhaps may resemble some recognizable form, personality types, characteristics, to double-en-tendres, figures of speech, philosophical ideals, all the way to favorite media I enjoy.

6) How do you feel Dark Art has influenced society?

Definitely in a positive sense, considering that not only is much 'dark art' a reflection of the undercurrent of society, but may be utilized in a pro-active manner like a veritable pitchfork prodding the herd towards an ideal envisioned by the artist, in whatever area of art.

If you wish to project a particular ideal upon the world, make it just barely palatable to the current standard, and push it a little farther next time - eventually, it will be like a frog in a cauldron, and they won't know what hit them! It is inspiring change in accordance with one's will, and an obvious principle of Magic. Whether one desires a resurfacing of a past orthodoxy, or giving birth to something that has never been seen before. The very essence of art as Magic is creating one's own reality as one sees it {re-active}, or wants to see it {pro-active}.

7) We see Dark Art in Fine Arts, Cinema, Television, and even reflected on popular apparel. What do you think the mainstream culture's fascination is with Dark Art?

It was always present in one form or another, but it seems it has gained more of a fascination, yet perhaps this may also seem so because of the unfortunate population increase as well.

To delve into that dark part of their psyche which is far too under-stimulated; yet as we traverse into a more rational and increasingly atheistic society, the shelter of ignorance is slowly lifting to reveal a more multiplicetous perception. From spectacles of true crime, the threat of fundamentalist terrorism, to fictional vampires, monsters, {with goth and Metal being an affectation of such}, an increased fascination with nefarious historical figures - the exponential availability of information via technological advances has absolutely facilitated the accumulation of previously hidden data, according to whom it benefited to keep secret.

That is not to say that the herd will at all become Satanists, for as we know that we are born and not made, but like on Halloween, they may gain an added eustress in pretending at such, and thus, are essentially "black sheep", which is very profitable.

In an additional sense, it is pleasing to consider that pretty young women will be moreso providing the holiday tricks and treats, considering some of the delightfully risque' outfits becoming available. Now, if you want fetishistic outfits, shop the Halloween aisles.

8) Do you feel that Dark Art is a current movement that is as prominent as previous movements such as Surrealism, Impressionism, Cubism, etc?

I think 'dark art' encompasses all of these in their own contexts.

9) Do you think Dark Art will continue to grow and evolve?

As the population grows, it is inevitable that so will the fascination and creation of such artistry and objects, with the development of consumer items. In one sense, it may actually make things more pleasant to look at, diminishing the eyesores of the lightmare to an extent, yet obviously, the Satanist will always be able to tell the difference in terms of actual quality.

Plus, because it seems to be becoming more acceptable, there will be an increase in not only current, but also past "unorthodoxies", as it were, but the need for an alternative to the alternative will arise to preserve evolution in the artistc genres.

Humans have always been drawn towards the darkness, the 'forbidden', but few actually step into that darkness to reveal the hidden treasures therein - these are the pioneers, explorers adopting these mysteries unto themselves. There will always be an iconoclast tipping the momentum in the other direction, and thus, the cycle will continue to turn.

10) Is there anything else you would like to personally note about Dark Art?

It will no doubt be interesting and amusing to view the many transmutations that has been, and will transpire. But as always, the masters will be few, and stratification must be implemented to keep standards high. Trends will come and go, and there will be certain benefits for those who know how to manipulate them, but the few remaining after the tide has subsided will be recognized as true to themselves.

Hail Satan!

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