Inspired by the unconventional bodies found in traditional carnival sideshows. The “freaks” in this series have an ambiguous air about them – which of their differences are naturally inherent and which are synthetic in an effort to become more Other? Who is trying to identify as culturally homogeneous and who is claiming their individuality, daring the viewer to measure themselves against it?
A substantial community of small, socially critical, textile-based figurative sculptures that explore the slipperiness of identity. Under their playful, doll-like veneer the sculptures critique identity constructs and address themes of homogeneity and consumption in a Western consumer society. Intimate scale and intricate attention to detail invite viewers in close, where unconventional anatomy and dark narratives lurk.
Part of the Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up? series, but complex enough to merit it’s own category, Favourite Ways With Pheasant critically assesses how a culture wooed by the eroticization of consumption perverts the experience and construction of identity within ourselves and others.