- Wretched Rupture
- Cotton Thread
- Polyester Fibres
I stumbled across these sculptures by Korean artist Choi Xooang this week. I haven’t been able to find out a huge amount about the artist but this body of work really grabbed by attention.
I understand that these works are created from polymer clay which are then hand painted. There’s a clear grotesque quality to the sculptures which manifests itself through the figures lack of features, whether that be a missing mouth, arms or head.
A number of blogs speculate that Xooang’s work deals with the human condition. It would appear that these sculptures are intended to draw our attention to the mutations that these figures display such as the oversized hands, or extra large ears. These malformations are highlighted by their having being painted in such meticulous detail.
I had the opportunity this evening to photograph the black dolls that I’ve been making recently as a mass. It has always been my intention to show them as one piece of work, or installation, so it was great to have the space to examine the ways in which they might be displayed.
My initial configuration was very formal as the dolls were displayed as a regimented unit:
After a little tinkering I broke up this formal configuration to establish something a little more loose. This certainly felt a lot more comfortable. I want the dolls to transmit the sense there is a life within them, to have some sense of movement. The regimented layout above feels more like the dolls are part of a lifeless display akin to what you might find on a shop shelf.
I’ve a few more dolls to make yet but it’s been great to have the chance to play with these objects at this point. It has give me an opportunity to take a step back from the making process and view the work in a context outside of the studio.
For those who’re interested the materials I used to construct these dolls are:
I’ve been undertaking some work with porcelain dolls at the moment which is a progression of the work that started with the Bestial Drawings I completed earlier this year.
The drawings was originally leading towards a number of costumes, or wearable sculptures, but I jumped the gun a little in terms of the work I was undertaking. I’ve taken a step back from the headpieces I was working on earlier this year in order to explore the theme that interest me on a smaller scale.
I am absolutely in love with these sculptures by Jason de Caires Taylor. I came across them a couple of months ago but completely forgot to post them on here. You’ll get the gist of Taylor’s project as you scroll down through the images.
The way in which the sculptures get transformed by the local habitat and underwater creatures is fascinating. The fabulously grotesque biomorphic results totally captured my imagine.
If there was ever an idea that I wish I had come up with first then this is it!
You can see many more images, and find out more information about Taylor’s work on his website www.underwatersculpture.com.
I’ve been turned on to the idea of automatons since reading Freuds essay on the Uncanny where he discusses E.T.A. Hoffman’s short story The Sandman in which one of the characters tries to pass of an automaton as a living person.
Harada’s machines are beautifully simple and you can see most of them in action on the artist’s Youtube Channel here.
These are two pictures from some current work in progress that is being developed from the piece Nest I posted earlier this year.
Although at first glance this work might appear to be, aesthetically, at odds with other work I’ve been undertaking lately it has evolved from the same starting point.
It can be viewed in parallel to the more figurative work I have been undertaking lately and once these works are finished I hope that upon further inquiry viewers will start to make the connections that link the different works together.
Some images of the unicorn that I have been working on following on from the bestial drawings that I created earlier this year.
Originally it was intended that this piece actually be wearable. Due to the materials I’ve used it’s lost all flexibility and I can no longer fit it over my purple spikes. I’m hoping that it will fit a smaller person though or else I may have to make a few awkward adjustments to the piece.