Adbenar © Simon Birch (steel wool)
These captivating Freakshow installations by UK-born, Hong-Kong-based artist, Simon Birch are made with humans and household products. Birch, however, has inverted the ordinary sculpting process by introducing a mutation. Rather than use aluminum foil and wire for an armature, he uses a person. He then covers the man or woman with wool, balloons, stockings and incense.
Pris © Simon Birch (nylon tubing)
I find it fascinating how the body can be so transformed. Here’s Birch answering an interviewer’s prompt to describe what he does:
I make art with paint and sometimes with film and steel and whatever else time and resources allow. What I do is the thing that stops me killing myself.
OK, so he comes off sounding a tad dramatic. Better than a tad nonplussed. I wonder what stops him killing other people? Because in thes next photo, he’s basically covering a woman with aromatic kindling…
Urban © Simon Birch (incense sticks)
All homicide jokes aside, this work is amazing. Click through to see more of Simon Birch’s Freakshow. At the very end, I’ve also included a few photos for the skeptics who don’t think there’s real people under there…
Godfrey © Simon Birch (plastic balls)
Tweaker © Simon Birch (stockings, packing foam)
Gorehound © Simon Birch (toothpick)
Dave © Simon Birch (cable ties)
Gordon © Simon Birch (water balloons and stockings)
Oh, and in case you didn’t think there were real people under there…please meet Gordian and Tweaker.
Gordian © Simon Birch
Tweaker © Simon Birch