fairy tales

hair art

This Artist Paints Lucid Dreams with Her Own Hair

Leah Brown uses an unconventional material to document the surreal fairytale world of her subconscious.
Anna Marks
6.10.17
Culture

How Women Are Reinventing Fairy Tales and Deflowering Tradition

From Helen Oyeyemi to Angela Carter, female writers subvert classic stories like "Snow White" and "The Little Mermaid" to comment on sex, race, and gender.
Ilana Masad
3.31.17
Film

How Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Became the Darkest Tale of All

Despite the musical numbers, the 1991 Disney film is actually the darkest retelling of the popular fairy tale.
Genevieve Valentine
3.20.17
Broadly

The Long, Strange History of Women Wearing Deadly Clothing

In myths and fairytales, women poisoned their rivals with gaudy accessories; in the 19th century, they unknowingly wore dresses dyed with arsenic. The specific dangers may have changed, but one thing remains the same: an obsession with the link between...
Rosalind Jana
3.7.17
Art

Meet the Illustrator Who Puts Algae on Paper

Using algae and gouache, artist Katharine Rutter explores the self and fairy tales through imaginative illustrations.
DJ Pangburn
1.12.17
Photo

The Mystical, Surreal Methods of a Russian Psychotherapist

Take a glimpse of Russian photographer Katya Rezvaya's new series about Dr. Andrei Gnezdilov, a therapist and author of scientific studies and books on the therapeutic values of fairy tales.
Katya Rezvaya
11.21.16
Art

Who's Afraid of Feminist Fairy Tale Theater?

'The Coward' is a raucous romp for our modern moment.
Julia Lourie
6.5.16
Art

100,000 Emojis Recreate Three Classic Fairy Tales

Artist and author Joe Hale painstakingly translated 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Peter Pan,' and 'Pinocchio' into symbols and smileys.
Beckett Mufson
9.5.15
VICE vs Video games

We Asked Some Experts About the Sexual Undertones of 'Super Mario Bros.'

We spoke to two folklorists in order to better understand gaming's obsession with rescuing damsels in distress, and things got dark.
Jagger Gravning
4.22.15