With a name that smacks of an Old West movie, check out Brooke Weston’s strange twist on the inner world of trophy mounts. The Oregon-based artist works with recycled taxidermy and other found materials to create miniature dioramas in the heads hunting tropies. On her website, she writes that she gathers inspiration from fairy tales, and you can tell. For all the supposed sweetness of a cosy miniature abode, the little worlds have a darkly creepy aura. Who lives here?
Check out Weston’s website here: http://artbybrookeweston.com/index.html
The artistic partnership of Afke Golsteijn and Floris Bakker, who collectively are better known as Idiots, present us with a unique body of work, characterized by the use of animal material exquisitely sculpted into natural positions and combined seamlessly with rich materials such as embroidery and pearls.
A contemporary touch is given to the classical memento mori concept, questioning the world’s current trend in over glorification through marketing. In a constantly twisting play between fantasy and reality, Idiots tell us about important themes such as life, death, beauty and restriction.
The striking beauty and the vividness of the animals that figure in the works, conjure powerful emotions of awe and inspiration before giving way to our morbid curiosity surrounding death, which leads us ultimately to think of our own mortality. This contrast between beauty, luxury and greed coupled with the mystery of death, timelessly preserved, transports one into a transient state of mind, in which anything is possible.(via: idiots.nl)
“A series of architectural scale models constructed with black paper and covered with flour and a layer of mould to create the effect of old abandoned buildings.
My purpose is to talk about the sense of time and destiny of the planet after the human species, through the sense of restlessness which abandoned buildings are able to communicate.” Daniel Del Nero