Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pete Art #7

Pete art mommy.jpg
Originally uploaded by Childe_Erik.
Greeting Card
Peter Simpson, 2005- [and studio]
Mixed media

This piece echoes the use of pre-fabricated children's heart stickers in Valentine. Here the stickers attach a found object to the work: a four-line, jingling poem seemingly narrated by a small child to its "Mommy." The hue of the handprint varies, its lighter shades suggesting the simple pink of the child's card hinted at in the poem, its darker shades approaching the color of blood. The babyish innocence of the handprint is belied by the grotesque dislocation of the thumb and by the eight-foot height of the hand in the displayed piece, a signal that the "hands [that] were once so tiny" have expanded colossally and unexpectedly out of control.

1 comment:

Gogerty said...

It's this kind of thing that makes me so appreciate the Pete Potato blog. I can't even tell you.