"... gender isn't as simple as pink or blue..."
My first non binary bear! I made them to challenge gender stereotypes. From birth we're taught to act in certain ways dependant on our gender to conform to society's expectations.
This piece is a Frankenstein monster made from combining the pink and blue traditional baby gift bears. The idea that blue is "for boys" and pink is "for girls" is a marketing technique that has only been around for the last 50 years or so. Did you know that it was originally considered to be the reverse? Red was considered the masculine colour and blue feminine. Babies would be dressed in lighter shades of the colours so boys would be dressed in pink and girls in baby blue. From birth society tries to dictate how we should act according to our birth gender and the pink and blue marketing technique is continued throughout our lives to sell us products. Some people conform to this ideology as if it were the natural order. But in truth we all have our own individual ratio of masculine and femine energies. We're not all made from the same mould.
Can you give them a new home and help them find happiness again?
Height: 45cm 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...