Severed and Split: The Grotesque Graphite Art of Miles Johnston

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Artist Miles Johnston has two reoccurring motifs throughout his graphite drawings—division and compartmentalization. The images split his female subjects in two and often leave them faceless as their bodies viscerally spew liquid or are overcome with the likes of insects. They’re haunting with a grotesqueness that makes it impossible to look away—the details are just too compelling.

Johnston’s art is featured in the annual Moleskine Project at Spoke Art Gallery. He, along with other artists from around the world, share their work in the small books.

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Wome with half of body split open graphite drawing of a girl with face off Graphite drawing with head opened up graphite drawing of a woman with body split in two
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