"...je suis l'homme..."
People ask me what inspires my art. Sometimes I just like to challenge myself to recycle something rather than throw it away. I hate waste and I try to produce as little of it as possible. I had this old aftershave bottle in my art supplies for years and I finally got around to giving it a new life as an idol to masculinity.
Can you give him a new home and help him find happiness again?
Height: 30cm approx
Dolls and poppets are used by many cultures around the globe as talismans for good luck or to ward off bad energies. Many believe that the uglier the doll, the more powerful it will be in it's protection of the home. In many practices of witchcraft sentimental objects are often used in spells as they are thought to hold powerful magick, which would make once loved toys extremely powerful. In combining these two traditions I hope that this doll would make a strong talisman in protection of the home.
All of my Abandoned Toys are created from discarded toys and parts destined for landfill and are cleaned thoroughly before customisation. I take found toys and customise them to represent the ugliness of our throwaway culture. I envisage how an Abandoned Toy would have to adapt after being forced to grow up and take on the world alone...