Aelise Davis, working under the handle Chissweetart, produces digital artwork that is somehow both surreal and hauntingly intimate.
Based in the United States, Chissweetart has been an artist her entire life, moving from fingerpainting to digital art at the tender age of six, introduced to computers by her computer engineer grandfather. Working primarily in digital photo manipulation, she explores an extremely personal journey of abuse and recovery through much of her work. While the source of this inspiration is heartbreaking, I can only express humble gratitude for the privilege we are afforded in experiencing her art.
Her subjects are often feminine and gothic, challenging the viewer with blurred impressions of sensuality and sorrow. Her pieces are achingly vulnerable and powerfully bold: loathsome fluids dripping from perfect lips; alien apotheosis born from feminine familiarity; visceral, beautiful, and discomfiting catharsis. Eyes are oftentimes the focal point, with some subjects locking their viewers in an evocative gaze, while others have their eyes covered, scratched out, or, in the case of The Bleeding Heart is Mundane, growing flowers.
Four unique pieces of artwork from Chissweetart (under the name Aelise Davis) can be found on three OG and two Alpha cards in the Ether Cards collection. In fact, OG #53 is a special treasure, featuring the aforementioned The Bleeding Heart is Mundane on the front of the card and a perfect DirtyRobot accidental collaboration artwork on the back.
Chissweetart was kind enough to answer a few of my questions for this artist profile:
· How did you first get involved in Ether Cards?
I got involved with Ether Cards because a friend of mine had known about it and thought I would be a good artist to have be part of the event. I didn't really hear much about Ether until they told me about it. I am really excited about the project.
· What excites you the most about the opportunities that the NFT space provides for artists?
The NFT space has provided an amazing community for everyone to be a part of. I have made friends and an amazing support system from NFTs. I also have been able to heal more and more from my PTSD from NFTs. This artistic movement has literally changed my life and I couldn't be more thankful.
· Your art is incredibly evocative - can you talk a little about the themes and inspiration that drive your creativity?
Thank you! Well most of my art is about my abusive past. I use it to heal and also to gain my self-esteem and confidence back. I also do a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi pieces that I just desire to do. I don't really ever come up with a concrete idea. I usually just think of the project I want to do and then try and do it. It doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes my pieces grow into something else entirely.
· Can you tell us a little bit about what you're currently working on?
Right now I am not really working on anything special. I am trying to expand my artistic styles. I noticed I have become a little stagnant so I have tried to do something a little different. I also have been working on some side projects.
· Did you know that OG card #53 is one of the most coveted cards in the collection, with your incredible piece The Bleeding Heart is Mundane on the front and a perfect DirtyRobot accidental collaboration on the back?
I have heard that. I don't know how that was selected but I am truly honored and truly appreciate all the opportunities and growth that Ether Cards has given me.
· Anything else you'd like to share with us? Appreciate your time, perspective, and amazing talent!
I really appreciate the time you took to interview me and all the kind words and compliments you gave me. I also want to thank the Ether Card community for always being a great community to be a part of. Thank you again so much!
Huge thank you to Chissweetart for her insightful answers and sharing her work and artistic journey with us all. Thanks for reading.