Teddy Bears Turned Inside Out Are Creepy And Whimsical At The Same Time
You might not want to hug these stuffed animals.
Brooklyn-based artist and photographer Kent Rogowski may have just ruined cuddly creatures for us all.
In his work entitled "Bears" he takes ordinary stuffed animals, turns them inside out and restuffs them to create animals that are part whimsical, part disturbing.
According to the artist's bio, transforming mass-produced consumer products enables viewers to question what the objects are communicating and the role they play in our culture. By turning teddy bears inside-out, we can see each detail of the manufactureing process.
"Simple patterns and devices never meant to be seen are now prominent physical characteristics, giving each one a distinctly quirky personality," says Rogowski in his artist statement.
Their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a typology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures. They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core might we better understand our own.
Now, take a look at these photos. They may put your off stuffed animals for a very, very long time.