Friday, June 1, 2012

Featured Artist: Mindy Sue Wittock

From April 14th, to June 2nd, we present "Refuse/Re-seen" during which we'll focus on individual artists here on our blog.  Today, we're pleased to introduce to you:  Mindy Sue Wittock

Cake Antoinette 6x4x2.5 2010

“Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down” -Mary Poppins

Treats like cupcakes, candies, and pastries are naturally related to human emotion.  They are brought to birthdays, weddings, and to close friends who just went through a trying time; they are tied to celebrations and comfort.  A delicious confection can make us feel elated, if only for a minute, it’s a minute of pure sweetness.

Cake Antoinette 3 6x4x2.5 2010
I explore themes related to indulgence and comfort by creating sculptural objects that represent treats.  I make large quantities of sweets and pastries from fabric and household items. Felt, insulation foam, glitter, sponges, amongst other materials I use, hold a social context to domesticity and parallel the current trend of “do-it-yourself” home crafting.  The abundance of the objects creates an illusion of decadence that normally wouldn’t be associated with sponges or cheap craft felt. The objects look tasty and have a familiarity to them that is reminiscent of childhood.

Swiffer Pudding 6x6x2 2010

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