Corviid: the art of Raven Ebner
Corviid (Raven) began working as a self-taught artist in the Bay Area in 2006 immediately after obtaining and virtually abandoning degrees in Philosophy and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Her style is surrealistically macabre; the works contain elements of anatomy, natural history, the macabre, sacred and symbolic geometry, architecture and ornamentation. Each work is given a strong philosophical undertone; through her art, she touches on issues of metaphysics, existentialism, death, mathematical archetypes, duality and dialectical monism (duality as illusion), emotion, and our relationship as humans to other organisms, nature, and the universe. Similarly with a fascination and background in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, her work is influenced by natural forms and scientific illustrative styles throughout history. She works in a wide variety of mediums; tending to move forward into uncharted territory, collecting mediums and techniques as she goes and combining them in novel ways in each new work.
Some of her most recent works will appear in the forthcoming book "Effigy: Of Graven Image and Holy Idol" by Martin Duffy by Three Hands Press.
In addition to fine art, Corviid creates original and unique designs for album covers, tattoos, clothing lines, and stage productions. She has been specializing in unique headdress design and construction, and has a line of jewelry as well as couture costuming for performance artists. She is the director and choreographer of Ego Umbra, which combines her own unique dance fusion with metal music and dark themes. She is a soloist performer, burgeoning makeup artist, dance teacher, and collaborator with many other dance and performance groups in a variety of styles. She is a classically trained musician with a diploma in piano performance, and she also does sculpture, photography and writing. During the summers she teaches illustration, painting and fashion design to kids and has contributed to program-wide curriculum development in these courses. Her hobbies also include sleeping occasionally, though she is thinking of giving that up.