The collaborative duo known as The Velvet Other World (VOW) creates intricate drawings that explore themes of transformation and protection. VOW repetitively sands down heavyweight paper and then recoats it with layers of charcoal—a process that reflects their depiction of bodies transfigured by armor and other encasements. Inspired by fetish fashion, queer photography and art deco glassworks, VOW’s drawings combine broad yet distinctive visual influences with an idiosyncratic technical language.


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