Longing for humor in these pandemic days and discovered the whimsical sculptures of Genesis Belanger.Â The New-York based artist graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and also attended Hunter College in New York andÂ Rhode Island School of Design.Â She studied painting before moving onto sculpture. Her work is lighthearted and at the same time treads on repulsion treating objects as surrogates for the body.Â On Art and Object she says this about her work: Â
â€œIâ€™m interested in how human we are. One way to address complex and complicated ideas is to be aware of our own limitations and not try to present ourselves in the best lightâ€”to comfortably own our flaws. So, I think of these props as markers of what it is to be human and flawed.â€
â€œI was initially attracted to advertising because of how brilliantly that industry uses visual language. Although Iâ€™m not entirely behind the end goal of that ability, Iâ€™m still very impressed with how they utilize imagery. I think about that when Iâ€™m making my own workâ€”like how beauty and complex imagery can translate really complicated ideas, even if the viewer isnâ€™t consciously aware of it.â€
You can view more of her work here on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Genesis Belanger.