|In early 2009, a little house was built in a sea of dark artists,
designers, and jewelry makers on the internet.
We were two independent artists from the rural areas of
Western Pennsylvania trying to reach out for some
recognition in a small and low income community. Indepent
artists and misfits that had been deemed "freaks" all of our
lives, the collaboration was never planned, in was born out of
frustration and lack of the community's respect for a "darker
art form". People from the area weren't buying art, very much
less supporting the kind of creations that we were producing
independently. Only able to showcase at "halloween shows",
our work was only appreciated once a year and never
actually purchased to hang in local homes, aside from
friends who shared our love of odd.
|We started as friends hanging out and having morbid, little painting
parties for fun. After working with each other for a time, it was fairly
clear that we were able to motivate each other and that was what
we were lacking seperately. We call it "one upping". One of us
would paint something phenomenal and it would drive the other to
want to create something equally amazing, if not better.
We had previously discussed doing a website featuring our
designs and illustrations on tee shirts, but we were discovering that
there was a whole other spectrum to our creativity. Our paintings
eerily collaborated with one and other, although they were crafted
with different techniques. Our color schemes and thoughts were
meshing together in some sort of creepy harmony and were
forming a collection without intention. Our website tumbled from
morbidly sarcastic tee shirt designs, into a gallery for neo victorian
inspired horror art.
|We painted and we planned in the months that followed
as we built the site and began networking before our
launch. We built our profiles on social networking sites
and began teasing people with our dark senses of humor
and the promise that "something wicked this way comes".
In February of 2009, The House of Oddities was born. It
was inhabited by those dark, little voices in the back of
our minds that most people ignore. We named them Dr.
Morose and Miss Macabre and instead of keeping them
locked up, we built them a house to run rampant.
By the end of February we were producing artworks, post
mortem shadow boxes, dolls, and simple jewelry made
from pewter stampings and began selling them in our
Wicked, Little Shoppe via Etsy.
Although not prepared or planning for any sort of
immediate success, to our surprise, our oddities were
|Shortly after, we hit the road. We built 2 giant, bloody walls
with mounts for paintings and strapped them awkwardly a
top a Ford Focus hatch back and headed south in the
cramped, art-packed car. Morose & Macabre's House of
Oddites made our first public appearance as a collaborative
in Charlotte, North Carolina in late May and early June of
2009 at Shiprocked! and Kabarett Vulgare. With the help of
our dear friend, Deville, it was a flying success.
Since then, we have traveled, shown, and evolved at an
amazing rate that neither of us had ever hoped, nor dared
dream. Our jewelry has snowballed from simple pewter
stampings on chain, to hand crafted wearable art in our
Strangulations collection and Arachnophilia collection. Our
paintings continue to collaborate all on their own and now
incorporate mixed medias of both fibers and dead things.
We branched out to do a fully dimensional installation
monstrosity which we lovingly named "Mary".
|Best of all, we became ring masters for the Atrocity
Exhibition, Morose & Macabre's first independent
event that houses sideshow entertainers and
showcases our fellow dark artists and artisans. The
first event was a raging success and we were not only
able to promote our work, but bring all of our misfit
friends and comrades together from all over for one
unforgettable evening and share our success with
these talented folks who supported US for so long. We
are currently heading into our 5th year and the event
has continued to grow to monsterous proportions, as
well as become a staple in the underground, bizarre
art and performance community.
That brings us to the present....
|We have so much more to come. We have so many
people to thank. Most of all, our supporters. We are
constantly being appologized to for not "being able
to afford" our work. In all honestly (from the bottom
of both our black, little hearts), it's not the money
that keeps us going. It's the feedback, the
appreciation, and the encouragment from all of
those creeps out there who know what it's like to be
a little odd. YOU are what we were missing and are
the final piece of The House of Oddities and it's
completion and success. We can never thank you
enough for supporting two deeply disturbed,
Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Morose & Macabre
It all started with 2 creeps and dark intentions.....