Claudia Hart
Teddy, 2011
Rapid-prototype printed sculpture, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) yellow plastic
7 x 8 x 5 in / 17.8 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm
Edition of 3

Mortifications is a series of heavy plastic figurines output from a Rapid Prototype machine. Individual 3D computer models are produced via a process normal to industrial manufacturing. In the Mortifications, a realistic model of a nude is digitally “mutilated” and subjected to irregular and apparently organic deformations. By creating forms that evoke decay out of non-biodegradable ABS plastic, using a process intended to produce prototypes for mass production, the Mortifications propose a digital Baroque. Related to the intentions of the historical Baroque, the emotionally expressive, personal style of this imagery is intended to breathe irregularity and life into a conformist techno/consumer culture.

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