Thursday, 17 February 2011

An occasional dose of culture. The soft sculptures of Stephanie Metz.

Today I'd like to introduce a fabric artist whose work I admire and deserves a wider audience. The artist is Stephanie Metz. Stephanie uses the technique of needle felting to sculpt small but beautifully formed organisms that blur the lines between whimsy and science, reality and fantasy. Stephanie's meticulously needle sculpted hold up a mirror to human arrogance, and the human need to tame nature. A cute teddy bear is given a darker side with sharp toothed skull. A plucked, headless chicken walks on slender sexy legs. Look at the images and decide for yourself. Any thoughts and opinions would be appreciated.

Atavist
Felted wool
5" H x 7" W x 3" D (framed)
2007

Amorphozoa #7
Felted wool, Porcupine Quills
10.25" x 7.25" x 4.5"
2009

Chicken Legs
Felted wool, wood
17"H x 12"W x 15"D
2004

Amorphozoa #8
Felted wool, hair
6.25" x 6.25" x 7.75"
2009

Lapdog
Felted wool, taxidermy plastic eyes
5.5 "H x 4"W x 9.5"D
2005

Training Bra
Hair, found clothing,
18" x 15" x 2"
2009
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