#WeCreate: Bloody Boudoir Figurines

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I read this blog post from someone else a long time ago, but I sometimes remember that these amazing figurines exist. Basically, an artist named Jessica Harrison finds these mass-produced, overly feminine lady figurines and gores them up, transforming them into macabre, intriguing figurines (and I want all of them!).

I’m going to quote the blog post I read here. I dislike plagiarizing and she already said it better than I could:

Edinburgh-based artist Jessica Harrison transforms the collectible ceramic ladies that populate grandmothers’ china cabinets into spectacles of gore. These elegant abominations are now on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as part of Body & Soul: New International Ceramics, the first of a series of exhibitions highlighting different materials to mark the museum’s fifth year at its Columbus Circle home. Body & Soul is centered on the human figure in contemporary ceramics, and as the exhibition text notes: “Through clay the figure becomes the catalyst for addressing the emotional impact of contemporary pressures that confront our society today.”

However, the found figures in Harrison’s work are mass-produced, the personal emotion of clay-work eschewed in favor of a machine process. Through Harrison’s alterations some of that emotion of the body returns, although in a very visceral way. And that’s meant quite literally: the collectible ladies cradle their spilled guts or present their extracted hearts while maintaining cheery visages.

So she takes these pretty figurines, like this one:

And then she changes them, deleting and adding parts and repainting them. The effect is profound…these ladies retain their cheerful, elegant poise despite unspeakable horror!

I really need to buy one…but I don’t think they are for sale, sadly.


S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print).

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About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

Posted on August 13, 2016, in #WeCreate and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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