These Creepy Baby Sculptures Will Give You Nightmares
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We've been impressed by individual sculptures by Wendy Mayer in the past, so we've been looking forward to this solo show in Shoreditch.
Her work involves creating scarily lifelike sculptures of babies, mostly sleeping, complete with realistic looking hair, and even a bit of drool on their lips.
They are made from vinyl and wax, but it's easy to see them as flesh and bone.
If that's not unsettling enough, they are stuffed into shells, given wings, or transformed into hangers featuring just the head and arms.
These sculptures are deeply personal works, and Mayer references issues including religion and domestic abuse. The religious aspects are plain to see in the coat hanger pieces which resemble the pose of a crucifixion.
Sculptors like Ron Mueck have done these sorts of realistic works before, but Mayer manages to give them her own touch, and they do stand out as original works.
We love these pieces but appreciate some people may not feel comfortable around them. However, art should be unsettling at times, as it makes it all the more engaging. That's something this exhibition certainly succeeds at.
Wendy Mayer: Curious Room is on at Charlie Smith London, 336 Old Street, EC1V 9DR until 30 July. Entrance is free and the gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday. Entrance is through The Reliance pub.
Last Updated 11 July 2016