Oddities: Delightfully Bizarre Ceramic Animals by Debra Broz

Oddities: Delightfully Bizarre Ceramic Animals by Debra Broz

Nancy Mitchell
Jan 4, 2013

I've never seen a bunny-satyr in the wild, but I was instantly charmed by this ceramic one. Austin artist Debra Broz uses her skills in china restoration to meld kitschy thrift-store finds into creatures that are delightfully bizarre (and perhaps a little disturbing).

A rabbit with the head of a cockatiel, a two-headed lamb, an oddly gangly elephant — her creations are absurd but also strangely familiar, as if they sprang from a half-forgotten Greek myth, or perhaps a Tim Burton film. Maybe the reason I'm drawn to them is that I had a certain weakness for adorable ceramic animals in my youth. These still retain an element of cuteness, but they're a little more grown-up, transformed for a decidedly adult sensibility of a world that is not quite right.

From the artist:

In the "Oddities" series of ceramic works, I use my training in china restoration to seamlessly recontextualize each found object through addition, subtraction or recombination of pieces and parts. Emulating the hand of the original craftsperson, I transition one part into another. My work is strongly informed by processes like genetic mutation, symbiotic relationships, grafting and DNA manipulation, and reflects my love for black humor, subversion, and anomalies.

You can see more of the series on Debra's website.

via The Jealous Curator

(Images: Debra Broz)

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