I have put a new object on Etsy. I am still railing against the whiteness and tastefulness of Etsy by using backgrounds as dark and detailed as much as possible or what I can get away with.
I was recently asked what makes my objects curious and why was I drawn to them. Generally I make objects out of instinct and it just feels natural to make objects that are not considered to be necessarily pretty. The question did make me think about why I create what I do and is particularly poignant as I am taking my first tentative steps as a full time artist. I feel that the stabilizers have come off (no full time income and no longer a student) and I am now wheeling around on my own. When I had my stabilizers removed from my bike as a child I fell into a rose bush straight away. Lets hope this does not become a metaphor for my new life. So why curios?
Here is an artistic statement I have been working on.
I make objects that do not quite belong; the curiosities are the outsider, the other. Just like how we feel sometimes. They tend to have a theatrical aesthetic with a decayed fragility and reflect the human condition such as anxieties juxtaposed with humour and the grotesque.
Writing this reminded me of my favourite book I read as a child
Whilst my female (at least I think it was just female) classmates were reading Sweet Valley High I was reading Horror books and books like this. I blame this book... An automaton that play chess why that is magical! But it has been suggested that it was really controlled by rather small people inside. Even more strange!
Tired of raising your hat? Well this a mechanical hat will do this for you! Or how about a look into the future 70's style? In the future we will be made from plastic. So close to the truth but it is normally for vanity rather than for health.
Isn't it rather wonderfully bizarre? Perhaps when viewing curiosities and all things odd it allows us to marvel at the absurd. The bonkers things that humans can come up with or what nature can throw at us.The curious objects does not quite belong in our world. There is a tension between viewing an object that is familiar but is not like us. In one way we try to empathise with the object but in another way we cannot. It is familiar but it is not, it is real but it is also part of our imagination creating an uncanny feeling. This evokes an interest that makes us curious about what we are seeing. I hope that my objects create a response like this when people view my work.
Children can be fascinated with the gross and they are ok with it. As adults we try and live in a more defined and rule driven world where our imagination does not come out to play as often. A curiosity allows us to come out and play. We all need to play sometimes.
Your from the circus,