The IceBound project: ice, spikes and bike. An artistic collaboration between Mary Lee (TwistedLamb) and photographer Julia Comita.
While riding online, The Motorcycle Boy encountered two sparkling and talented women, shining stars of the contemporary art scene in NYC. From a distance, they let him get a glimpse of their mysterious, stunning and sexy worlds, and explained their most recent collaboration involving a spiky motorcycle: the IceBound project. Here’s this three-way conversation, the Boy dangerously falling under the spell of Mary Lee and Julia Comita.
Mary Lee: My name is Mary Lee but I go by TwistedLamb. I am a creative director and visual simulator of an aesthetic that combines dark tribal aesthetics with extreme sports in unique settings.
Julia Comita: My name is Julia Comita, I am a beauty and fashion photographer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. I have been shooting for about 10 years.
Motorcycle Boy: Mary, you created a dark disturbing motorcycle perfectly fitting into your uncanny and sexy world, what would this machine stand for?
Mary Lee: The machine represents seduction and the dueling forces of power between the sexes as they engage into a courtship dialog.
MB: Julia, you managed perfectly to make the TwistedLamb motorcycle fit into your dark fantasy world, was it a challenge to work with a machine as a subject?
Julia Comita: The challenge wasn’t so much working with the machine as subject, but more the conditions in order to work with that machine. The motorcycle is beautiful already – all of the body work was done custom for the shoot, and the spikes on the tires are super graphic – so it was easy to photograph and make an interesting picture. The motorcycle is also capable of doing cool tricks like wheelies and endos which I wasn’t so readily able to capture because the ice was not at optimal temperature. The ice has to be very, very cold and very frozen so the spikes on the wheel have something to grip to. We were working in warmer conditions, at the end of winter / beginning of spring, when the ice was becoming soft.
Mary, It’s not your first collaboration with Julia, do you reckon she’s the perfect eye for your work?
Mary Lee: Absolutely! Collaborating with Julia is an incredible experience and there’s no one else I’d rather work with.
Julia, It’s not your first shooting for TwistedLamb, can you tell us more about this artistic collaboration?
Julia Comita: I have been lucky enough to collaborate with TwistedLamb for the past 4-5 years. I found her, via her blog, back when I first moved to New York when she wasn’t really shooting yet. Her aesthetic and mine are very similar, so we thought it would be great to do our own shoots together. Since then, we have come together for several faceless, location-based, high-octane, fantastical shoots that satisfy our thirst to create something new and different, and look forward to exploring more concepts in the future.
The bike as a symbol. What does it represent for you?
Mary Lee: A symbol of power and freedom.
Julia Comita: To me, the bike represents masculinity and sexuality. It doesn’t have feelings. It’s big, dark, fast, and slick.
The bike as a sensation. What does it evoke to you?
Mary Lee: A feeling of passion. Sexuality.
Julia Comita: I immediately imagine riding fast through nature in the dead of winter without a soul in sight, the world at my fingertips, the ultimate freedom and solitude.
Can you think about some favorite references in the motorcycle culture?
Mary Lee: I love all Mad Max films and Easy Rider will always be a classic for me.
Julia Comita: One of my favorite films happens to take place on a motorcycle! “The Motorcycle Diaries.” Also Mad Max has some pretty amazing motorcycles and cars, particularly the most recent one.
What is your ultimate road trip memory?
Mary Lee: Driving across Botswana in a Land Rover for two weeks.
Julia Comita: I love road trips. It’s hard to pick an ultimate memory but most recently I went on a solo road trip across New Mexico and into Utah which was very powerful. I didn’t encounter many people, but I drove on some scary back roads and slept next to big cliffs and expansive deserts. All I had was my camera and a duffel bag, so that would probably be one of my top trips, without singling out one specific memory.
In a world without engines, what would be your vehicle?
Mary Lee: Definitely a horse.
Julia Comita: Ideally, I would really like to teleport! Hopefully we can figure out how to do that soon!
Thank you very much, Mary and Julia.