"Wonder had gone away, and he had forgotten that all life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other."
- HP Lovcraft (from the Silver Key)
Within the realm of occultic creations there are a few artists that stand out. They create images that pull from the deepest parts of our psyches. When you see the images they weave you know them, and you feel yourself take in the beauty from someplace deeper inside than just an onlooker. You are not merely a bystander, you are transported to another dimension, another place. Somewhere darker and more, in the most meaningful manifestation of that word, than your daily life often provides.
Amid this there is an artist, if artist ever had more meaning, and her name is Allie Hartley.
With the simplest of utensils she forces creation from someplace far away, yet so close to where and who we are. Her work is patterned after the ideas and visions of our world. A shaded version of our world. Where magic and mystery still dance. Where behind every shadow there is something that lurks, something that is hiding and waiting for you to look away.
Walk around that corner, down that alley way, along and beneath the aging architecture of the city, you will find the men and women, or better yet the ladies and gentlemen, of the night and the monsters that populate the world. Those very monsters who walk among us, breathing heavily, working ritual, bringing forth wonders and death all around us. And if you open that doorway that you find down that empty alley you'll walk right into the strangest of happenings.
Whether it is the workings of some ancient Egyptian cult, skrying down the angels from the sky, or speaking with beings from another planet, you will find what it is you have been so scared to look at, so fearful that you would find. That very moment that will haunt you as long as you live here on this plane. There is no place she is unwilling to go, no taboo part of history that she is not willing to pull from the pages of ancient texts and lather with the spew of some Lovecraftian monster.
You can further explore her work on Deviant Art and help support and further her work through Etsy
She has had showings across the US, from Rochester, NY to Los Angeles, CA
( Chill of the Evening, The Seventh Star, and Escape is a Hoax have been provided by Allie Hartley for this article.)