The Artist

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Shane Deruise (The Artist as Words.)

I am an artist. I am afflicted. Somewhere along my strands of DNA lies a particular combination of chemicals that make this so: I can no sooner change it than I could change my height or eye color or the shape of my face or the sound of my voice. It is hardwired in my genes. It is who I am, it is who I will always be.

I look at the world through the eyes of an artist. It’s not better, it’s not worse; it’s just different. I am different. I am an artist and I am not the norm. Within my photography I choose to find moments, things that make us the people we are. Things that happen that are so large, or so small… they change the way we are, who we are, or what we think… forever. I celebrate instance, emotion, and the human form in my art.

Personally I strive to be open-minded, I seek out what is shocking and against the grain. I observe, I immerse myself, I learn and I grow. What was shocking now becomes accepted and understood.

I am proud of my work and I don’t hide it away. This is what I do, this is who I am.

We are flesh and blood, bones and cartilage, sinew and muscle. We live, we breathe, we sweat and cry, we hope and dream, and hurt. As unique as each individual personality might be it all boils down to just how similar we all are on the basic level.


I used to take photographs about my environment, objects, myself, and friends. Those images never felt close to me, though, there is a strange thing about being shunned, and misunderstood… never feeling at home. After searching for many years, and losing a lot of what I lived for, I realized what I want my work to encompass. Now I take pictures of gender, the human condition, and trauma.

The human condition is growth and decay. I am searching out beauty within the grotesque. We are not all the same, people’s physicality has inspired me to confront the everyday sense of normalcy and decency. If intimacy wasn’t such a confining word… for me it may be represented as substance; emotional, sexual, and hideous.

I have come to the understanding that in presenting my emotions to the world, that we are all comprised of the same elements; love, sex, hatred, death, and God. I strive within the presentation of my photographs, that at last, I can humanize hurt, sex, and span the void between the unspeakable and the commonplace. Thus, dismantling a persons preconceived notions about what is “normal” sexuality and physical beauty.

I am becoming more interested in wound bruises, scars, and bodily fluids… the unconventional form. The body as a site of trauma. I want to seek out morgues, and insane asylums, the resulting photographs of which will be an elegant, haunting, and beautiful representation. A hideous beauty that is as compelling as it is taboo.

I am an artist.
I just want to be heard.
I will keep trying.

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12 Responses to The Artist

  1. yes. dont stop trying. nice blog.

  2. Stellar Corpse says:

    Every picture. and every word written above is so poetic, so beautiful …. so real.

  3. East Coast Ink Magazine says:

    Shane, I just checked out every single photo in you album and my heart is racing. Powerful doesn’t even to begin to describe these images. I would be honored if you would allow us to do an interview with you and run a featured artist profile on you and show many others your work in print.

    I look forward to seeing more of your work and count me in as an admirer.

    David Melvin
    East Coast Ink Magazine

  4. Tony says:

    I shoot erotic art, sensual art, bad art, body art, art….give me a look and then drop me a line.


  5. GodessDesire says:

    This is some extremely meaningful and powerful work you have here Love. As an artist to an artist I couldn’t agree more. Very intense and emotionally sick, which is at the top of the game in the art world. Sometimes the most Hideous and Morbid of things in life are those things that in the end truly mean something deep within us. Those are the things that speak and move us to be, do or speak out and be much more than in the eyes of the beholder. Don’t ever stop chasing the visions of this we call life. Keep being you~ GD

  6. Charles says:

    Your work is powerful,I have enjoyed looking through your gallery. I sent a link to my Partner. We would love to be subjects. She and I believe erotic images, deeds and enjoyment does not have an expiration date.

  7. Michelle says:

    Omg! I love everything i saw! stay focused and keep pressing on.

  8. Toy Forbes says:

    Hey Shane, wow your work is still amazing as ever !!! I never did get to see the prints that you took of my ex and I, if you still have them I’d love to seem them, if not you still rock 🙂

  9. Kay Salady says:

    You are an amazing talent. I spent the entire morning and afternoon viewing your photography. I am in awe of your work. Your poetry is also quite good!

  10. Isela Cowick says:

    It is legitimate joy to study you blog!

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