Hanna Shim blurs cute, kitsch, and uncanny elements together in her sculptural and installation-based practice.
I had lunch with my auntie and her two year old son,
My auntie was feeding him, but I guess it wasn't enough for
So Jono, with his fork, poked auntie's bare thigh and tried
to stand up to reach for
more food on the table.
Auntie groaned in pain.
And I didn't know whether I should laugh or be
J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan once said, "Children
are gay and innocent and heartless.".
But, the real cruel thing is that, we can't blame these
tiny, little, cute, innocent creatures.
They are too cute to be blamed.
They are too cruel to be innocent.
Contemporary societies are experiencing a new phenomenon, such
as husbands in their forties who spend hours playing video games,
young adults who watch cartoons and obsessed with collecting toys
and vinyl figurines. In fact, the postmodern adult is now
characterised by an unprecedented infantilist nature.
I found this figure of infantilism adult or also named as kidult
is archetype of an encouraged regression to facilitate the
promotion goods. Especially Japanese consumers are fanatical with
cute kitsches. Japanese Neo-Pop artist and follower of Andy Warhol,
Takeshi Murakami produces mass production of his art work in to
"cute" stuffed toy. I have always been attracted to the promotion
of desire through cute imagery, objects and language. There is
something inherently attractive in the perversities generally
associated with cute things and the suspension it evokes when
explored as an aesthetic form people generally see cute as a device
to exploit something external to itself, probably because
advertising try companies but I'm sure it goes back much further.
"Cute" offered a freedom to evade seriousness or even reality.
Earlier, psychologist Donald W. Winnicott introduced the
concepts of "transitional objects" and "transitional experience" on
reference to a particular developmental sequences. - for example, a
child who is attached to soft blanket or soft toys. With
"Transitional", Winnicott means an intermediate developmental phase
between the psychic and external reality. In this "transitional
space" we can find the "transitional object"/ Transitional object
is a replacement of mother's breast and through the object it
instils in the child the feeling of worth living.
As Japanese artist, Yoshimoto Nara depicts nostalgia and his
childhood with sinister undertone through his work, he idealises
his past memory and the reality becomes even more cruel. My work
contains lack of identity and ambivalent characteristic, and it
suggests the in-between status of kitsch and art, cute and cruel.
It is to create a space between laughter and discomfort where
viewer's discomfort can also make them laugh, and viewers become
confused about the mixed feelings. I think that is what makes some
of the best art.
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