Hand-drawn or painted images tell a thousand more words than those digitally rendered. Unlike digital art, most hand-created erotica seems to have an extra touch of passion and an aura of desire. When coming across the work of the artist simply named, Katastrofé we were instantly struck by it’s mellifluous aesthetic. Her paintings feature austere characters enjoying the painterly pleasures of the flesh while engaging in subject matter ranging from sensual, private moments to intimate BDSM scenes.
Katastrofé: A Sign of the Times
Scrolling through the Facebook account of Katastrofé is like taking a mesmerizing trip through a secret garden of sex. It’s not hard to imagine being part of the journey. Beautifully illustrated, well-endowed penises and dainty vaginas with floral backgrounds and intertwining bodies display an extraordinary talent. Her work has found a place in the contemporary art scene which is definitely a sign of the times.
The thinly veiled erotica by Katastrofé is like opening up a treasure trove of taboos. The renderings run an enviable gamut of erotic scenarios, from women and sex toys to couples engaging in the most intimate scenes. The illustrations are dramatizations of today’s sexuality and caricatures of unexplored visual impulses. But they are also the epitome of ideal beauty. Each image represents confidence, power, sexuality, and vulnerability. Perhaps it has something to so with the lines or shading. But each stroke and delicate wash of color lend’s personality and texture to each character while they suggestively pose.
Katastrofé resides in the Czech Republic and boasts quite a social media following. Her A3 format fits the style of work she is producing. But what caught our attention was the expert depictions of BDSM. The images demonstrate the relationship between the dominant and submissive roles some couples play. When asked about this particular body of work, Katastrofé had this to say, “BDSM is important to me because it is a general fragment of love, which means trust and commitment.” This expression of complete trust translates well through her paintings. There is a knowing of the tenderness and the delicate balance this type of play requires—something digital can’t touch.
To see more work by Katastrofé, please visit her page here.4