If Man Was Merely an Armature: Freakshow Sculptures by Simon Birch
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.
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…
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…
Oh, and in case you didn’t think there were real people under there…please meet Gordian and Tweaker.
So incredibly beautiful and how incredibly awful to be one of his models.