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Candyland Sweetbriar Corner WIP by KittenDiotima Candyland Sweetbriar Corner WIP :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 7 1 Floral Uterus by KittenDiotima Floral Uterus :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 25 2 Shining Egret Smooth Waters by KittenDiotima Shining Egret Smooth Waters :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 11 2 Candyland Wildflowers - Part Two by KittenDiotima Candyland Wildflowers - Part Two :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 27 7 Fairy Defense System by KittenDiotima Fairy Defense System :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 27 2 Self Portrait made in Autumn by KittenDiotima Self Portrait made in Autumn :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 15 0 Rocks, Leaves and Shells 01 (series 2) by KittenDiotima Rocks, Leaves and Shells 01 (series 2) :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 24 8 Rocks, Leaves and Broken Shells Abstracted by KittenDiotima Rocks, Leaves and Broken Shells Abstracted :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 5 2 Fairygate During Winter High Holiday by KittenDiotima Fairygate During Winter High Holiday :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 14 2 Bloody Torture by KittenDiotima Bloody Torture :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 33 3 Bleeding Heart by KittenDiotima
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Bleeding Heart :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 4 15
Betrayal Cake and Candy by KittenDiotima Betrayal Cake and Candy :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 27 2 Mask of Tears by KittenDiotima Mask of Tears :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 12 8 Gender Dysphoria: Ghost by KittenDiotima Gender Dysphoria: Ghost :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 3 5 This is How i Feel by KittenDiotima This is How i Feel :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 11 2 Dark Fairy Tree II by KittenDiotima Dark Fairy Tree II :iconkittendiotima:KittenDiotima 16 2

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Chronic Headache Series

I've been suffering from a chronic headache for over 10 years. I take amazing pain medication, called suboxone, but there's always something called "breakthru" pain. Pain blockers are only keeping you from feeling how much pain you're in, they aren't making the pain go away, so, you will have varying degrees of breakthru pain, depending on how much stress you're putting on yourself or the medicine or the body part that's in pain. Sometimes my breakthru pain is very minimal and i forget all about it. Mostly it's sorta in the background ready to get big if i do something rash like, bend over, or move my head too fast. But sometimes, it's unbearable. I made this series at a time when my headache had been unbearable for weeks, due to an undiagnosed thyroid problem.

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Transgender Self-Mutilations

A series of self-portraits about how trans people are taught, from the day we are born, to destroy our essential sense of Self, by being told by family and society, that we are NOT who we feel ourselves to be.
TRANSGENDER SELF-MUTILATION Diseased and Demented by KittenDiotima Dada Transgender Self Mutilations by KittenDiotima Transgender Self Mutilations 03 by KittenDiotima Self Mutilations Face Melt by KittenDiotima Transgender Self Mutilations: Heart Eyes by KittenDiotima Transgender Self-Mutilations in Colorchrome by KittenDiotima Transsexual Self-Mutilation Smiling by KittenDiotima


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Unless otherwise noted, every one of my deviations is made from photos i took myself. All of my work is copyright 2014-2017 by Kitten Diotima. All my rights are reserved.

I'd been a theatre artist before I was disabled with a traumatic brain injury and chronic headache almost ten years ago. For 15 years I worked in physical theatre, writing my own shows, and creating work in an ensemble. My parents loved visual art, so they took me to a lot of galleries and museums growing up. I took Drawing and Art History classes in school, and I've always collected art books, prints and comics. Since becoming disabled i've been doing a lot of writing, and photography. I like manipulating photographs, becoz I enjoy changing, altering and/or destroying what we view as "normal," skewing our perceptions of reality. I'm very inspired by Dada artists; I especially love Hannah Hoch's collages, which literally take apart social constructs and re-build them into something unexpected, while questioning basic gender and social dynamics. I'm also inspired by Expressionism, which is an odd combo, since Dada rebelled against Expressionism, but i love emotional sharing, i love how Kathe Kollwitz melded her emotional landscape with the outer world in a way that questioned society.
My Mother Imprisoned My Tears by KittenDiotima
I discovered Surrealism as a teen, and long ago fell in love with the work of Lee Miller and Man Ray. Lately I've been influenced by Remedios Varo, a Mystical Surrealist painter, who used art to explore not only the subconscious, but ways in which the subconscious can be used to influence the world around us; Sarah Moon, whose dreamy photographs make us look at our world in different ways; and Claude Cahun, a lesbian Surrealist writer and photographer whose self-portraits explored gender roles and gender expression as masks that can be taken on and off. And I find strange comfort and inspiration in the work of Frida Kahloe, whose chronic pain led to a deep, at times disturbing exploration of Self. As a queer, transsexual woman, i've come to see how "reality" is a social construct. We create our Selves, and are created BY our environment, piecemeal. We are born into a social, gender, religious, heteronormative world order that assumes so much, and most of us never question it - and even many who do question still look at things thru the same heteronormative viewfinder they were born into. It's difficult to grasp just how constructed our identities and culture are. As a teen, I thought I questioned everything - and for SO long i thought I understood who I was, and how society worked, only to realize in my middle age that i'd barely understood anything.
Trans Girl of Power by KittenDiotima

Lonely by Mr-Stamp I love comments by Sedma I Love my watchers by Sedma Reason to Cry stamp by HappyStamp Artist's comments stamp by Shutsumon Transgender artist by Queen-Soulia World's Cure by British-Prophetess UnseenArtists Stamp by DesiredAdoration I'm Famous Stamp by Khrinx I Heart Butterflies stamp by smilekeeper Stamp: Witch by 8manderz8 I love Butterflies by WishmasterAlchemist Pagan Stamp by RowanLewgalon Fairy Stamp by GamingGirl73 Stamp: Elemental Faeries by FantasyStockAvatars
Pop Shells II by KittenDiotima
To me, shells are a metaphor for the mind. The mind can be sharp, colorful, ridges defined; or worn, bleached white, hard edges softned by turmoil.
  Pop Shells by KittenDiotima
The mind can be closed or open; or part way in-between. The mind can be hard on the outside and soft on the inside. The mind can be delicious or yucky on the inside, depending on the person partaking of it. The mind can be empty. The mind can be manipulated, like this photograph - 
Shell Star MindNova by KittenDiotima - and your mind - our minds - have been manipulated since the day we were born. Since the day you were born you were told certain things - you were told there were only two sexes, that you were either a boy or a girl, that you were heterosexual, and would someday marry someone of the opposite sex, and that marriage should consist of only two people. You were told that real love lasts forever. None of these things is strictly "true" - none of these things is historically, or even presently, consistent with other cultures, nor even within our own culture.
Shell Life Still 10 - Bring Back The 60's by KittenDiotima
There are, and have been, many cultures where marriage involved more than two people - cultures that had NO concept of monogamous marriage, cultures with three or four genders. Many true loves have not been enduring. Considering there have always been intersex people, there has never been just two sexes. You were told the world was populated by heterosexuals, while it was actually first populated by bisexuals.
Shells Remembering Water by KittenDiotima
Absolutely nothing you've learned is immutable - you've been manipulated since the day you were born. Nearly everything i was taught about my Self turned out to be false. That's a very odd feeling. But thank Goddess for the internet, the Green Computer Mind, that has helped so many of us uncover buried facets of our personality. 
Green Shell Computer Mind by KittenDiotima

You are beautiful, no matter what you uncover about your Self, you are beautiful
  Shells Red Seen Thru a Glass Darkly by KittenDiotima  Shell Star Light To End Prejudice by KittenDiotima

The Night The Moon Burned A Hole In The Sky


I created the MADNESS series by using overlaid photographs of these Goddess statues i broke during a fit of personal madness. The final piece has an interlocking group of shapes, but in the middle a shape coalesced that looks like a woman, wearing her hair in an upsweep, who appears to be screaming. So i stopped there. But then i had this weird idea, and i made a pattern by overlaying and flipping over the final piece on itself four times. Then i played with that pattern using diff filters and got more cool things. In these pieces i'm exploring the idea that Madness has at it's core an integral rationality, while something that seems ordered has Madness at it's core.
Madness 13 by KittenDiotima Madness 300.11 by KittenDiotima
Madness The Rough Draft by KittenDiotima Madness Like Broken Glass by KittenDiotima
Madness: Cold And Sharp by KittenDiotima Madness 847: The Rational Self in the Storm by KittenDiotima
Madness the Pattern by KittenDiotima Madness The Pattern III by KittenDiotima
Madness The Pattern II by KittenDiotima Madness The Kaleidoscope by KittenDiotima



A series of abstracts i created that are all about captured motion, about how i feel like i am sliding thru rivers of energy in my life, and how sometimes i don’t exactly feel like i’m in control, like the choices i make are mostly about how i will slide the light, as opposed to what rivers of energy i might slide down. I’m using “light” in it’s sense as a wave of energy. I found myself sliding down currents of light when i created these pieces, discovering myself as a visual artist, re-inventing my sense of Self as an artist.  The first I Slid The Light 01 was one of my first visual artworks - i was experimenting using the camera in motion, as i’d read Man Ray did with his first movie camera. All the works in the series started as a photo of leaves taken with the camera moving.

I Slid The Light by KittenDiotima I Slid The Light II by KittenDiotima
I slid the light 02.1 by KittenDiotima I Slid The Light 03 by KittenDiotima
I Slid The Light 04 by KittenDiotima
i slid the light: planet fall by KittenDiotima I Slid The Light: A World Of Pain by KittenDiotima


Gender Dysphoria is a very hard feeling to describe, there is some great info on the internet about it. For me, it makes me feel disconnected from my life.  It makes it hard for me to look in the mirror when i'm not wearing my makeup, it makes it hard for me to be nude.  I have this feeling, sometimes, that life is happening on a screen, as if it were happening to someone else. Because i was someone else, this totally constructed, boy-mask-thing that wasn't real.  That's why my life seemed unreal. After hiding her real Self behind a male masquerade all those years, pretending to be someone else, she finally transitions, but realizes she can't look in the mirror.

Trans Girl With Gender Dysphoria by KittenDiotima Gender Dysphoria Horror by KittenDiotima
Gender Dysphoria Blues by KittenDiotima Gender Dysphoria Horror: The Screaming Reds by KittenDiotima
Gender Dysphoria Horror African Style Print by KittenDiotima Gender Dysphoria: Ghost by KittenDiotima
Adolescent Girl in a Middle-Aged Body by KittenDiotima Gender Dysphoria Wounded Lil Girl by KittenDiotima
Wounded Trans Girl by KittenDiotima Wounded lil Trans Girl Losing Her Mind by KittenDiotima

Off The Porch

In the Summer of 2014 I was struck down with incredible pain and lethargy due to low parathyroid and thyroid glands, and Vitamin D levels so low they were unreadable by contemporary medical science. In autumn my feet swelled up to the size of footballs, coz of varicose veins altho my Dr. didn't know that at the time. By winter I was so ill I rarely left the house. I suffer from a neurological condition called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, due to a Traumatic Brain Injury, and under the best circumstances it's hard to manage. Getting to bed by 4am is a triumph heralded by singing Fairies and dancing Pixies. By the middle of winter in 2015 I was going to bed at 1 in the afternoon! I was waking up in twilight, and going to bed in full daylight, and only sleeping for 3 or 4 hours, coz of pain, and I wanted to get out of bed before the sunlight completely faded.

I did a lot of art at that time, and developed all these photomanipulation techniques. At first, I was in so much pain, and so emotionally wrought, whenever I did art I tweaked the filters as much as I could, destroying and shattering images until they were totally unrecognizable. Then I found a mentor on dA who helped me secure a good pro digicam, and helped me learn Photography. But by this time I was so ill nearly every photo I took outside the house was from off the back or front porches. I immersed myself in composition. I played with in-camera effects, like color swapping, long exposure times, novelty settings, and odd Light Balances, but for the most part, I kept the manipulation minimumal. I took many of these photos at dawn, or twilight. It was a very interesting time, because I was working within extremely narrow limits, and it inspired me to become creative in different ways.

Red Lawn Winter of my Heart by KittenDiotima Natural Chaos 01 by KittenDiotima
To Ill To Leave The Porch in sepia tones by KittenDiotima Tendrils Searching A Sherbert Sky by KittenDiotima
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Blue Dawn by KittenDiotima Black Dawn by KittenDiotima
Manga Purple Dawn by KittenDiotima Nature's Weaving by KittenDiotima
Blue Winter, My Heart by KittenDiotima Ghosts by KittenDiotima



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MsMeowtaKittyClaws Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthxfav1::iconthxfav2::iconthxfav3::iconthxfav4: It made my day. Dancin CAT  

Your gallery is wonderful too. 
ChIandra4U Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017   General Artist
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stardrifting Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the Watch back n December!

Have a great day!
KittenDiotima Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017   Artist
You're welcome :)
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Thanks for the :star:!:)
jojo22 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch :hug:
sirenabonita Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
:ahoy: thankyou ~
SootheNoo1959 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the fave, Kitten! Hope you're happy and well ! :hug:
KittenDiotima Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017   Artist
You're welcome :) I'm kinda having a rough time emotionally actually. I trusted someone who turned around a betrayed my trust almost immediately, which really hurt, coz i thought we were really good friends. Ppl can just be so false and fickle :(
SootheNoo1959 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, Kitten :hug: I hope 2017 is better for you... unfortunately there will always be people who disappoint us ( they usually have their own issues! )... and sometimes friends make mistakes. Keep your head up, luv. Wishing you all the best :heart:
chalice29 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the favs! =^_^=
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Hey hey! Thanks a lot for faving my artwork!  #16 Free Icon: Rei Hino (Sailor Mars) Hope to see you around! Stay tuned and many greetings from germany! 
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Thank you for the watch :hug:
KittenDiotima Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017   Artist
You're welcome, your artwork is really wonderful, i really like your gallery rainbow 
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RaddDann Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like your style. It's a bit resemblant of mine in the use of the tone of your art. 
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MelianMarionette Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave! :heart:
KittenDiotima Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016   Artist
You're welcome - i always love seeing your work :)
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Yay! :squee:  Oh and thanks for the watch!  
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