Creatures of Commerce

I rarely indulge my surrealist impulses—it somehow feels like a gateway to nihilist visions of the future, which, let’s face it, reality’s doing a pretty good job of inspiring these days anyway. So here we go: soft sculpture chimeras that mash up creatures, culture, and commerce. At least they’re plush.

Sparkling Soakers
Foam, wood, felt, cotton cloth, embroidery floss
19 x 9 x 2.5 in; 9.5 x 7 x 2.5 in

Foam, fiberfill, wood, armature wire, cotton cloth, felt, foam sheets, gouache, fabric paint, ribbon, metal jewelry parts
Approximately 48 x 48 x 24 in

Foam, plastic pellets, fiberfill, wood dowels, cotton cloth, ribbon, embroidery floss
13.5 x 13.5 x 36 in

Fiberfill, plastic pellets, basswood, armature wire, cotton cloth, felt, vinyl plexiglass mirror, ribbon,
Approximately 10 x 10 x 10 in

Common Lobster
Fiberfill, armature wire, cotton cloth, wool felt, shoelace, embroidery floss
22 x 13 x 5 in

Foam, yarn, wool felt, cotton cloth, embroidery floss
Approximately 12 x 6 x 3 in

Now, a new device to help us listen while we’re busy checking our phones.

Slow Food
Fiberfill, yarn, cotton cloth, embroidery floss
11 x 5 x 3.5 in

I once found a recipe for croissant-doughnuts with a prep time of 350 minutes and a cook time of 10. This struck me as both absurd and oddly satisfying, so I saved it for a rainy day. Not long after, Dominique Ansel published his at-home recipe for the original Cronut®: a three-day affair! This somehow felt like a poetic response (read: playful FU) to those seeking a more immediate, Amazon Prime-era alternative to queuing outside his bakery at the crack of dawn or placing a pre-order two weeks in advance. We have zero tolerance for slowing iPhones but somehow still possess an enduring patience for the promise of life-changing laminated pastry.