The uncanny truth of distorted reality

In many instances of distorting reality, a certain unsettling nature comes from having witnessed a once familiar object altered into something new. The act of distortion is uncanny to the average viewer, creating a sense of unease and suspense. This combination of unease and reality distortion is what I am to examine in this collection. 

Fascination depicts a human face surrounded by flower petals. The eyes have been illustrated as large, reflective, and wholly green and the mouth appears to have infinite sets of repeating teeth. Fascination resembles that of a human being, but the physical alterations give a more supernatural/monstrous appearance.
Mysterious Unification depicts a human figure with overly exaggerated facial features. In addition to a proportionally large nose and set of eyes, the features also appear to double (similar to that of onion skinning). Not only is our human figure distorted, the animal in the background is also proportionally abnormal. Mysterious Unification is representative of our theme due to the disproportional “fish eye” effect to the piece. The high contrast accentuates the distorted properties and further gives the audience a sense of unease with the piece.
Halloween Mask is a slightly distorted take on the original mask. By nature the mask depicts a ghostly face with sunken eyes and an uncomfortable smile. This piece alters the eye and mouth shape to appear a bit more cartoony, curving the previously straight edges. Halloween Mask depicts our theme through the shear act of associating a smiling, abnormally smiling figure with a pale, ghost like figure.
Monster 2 is a statue depicting an unsettling human-like face. The eyes and mouth are dark and empty, conveying a certain level of “nothingness” within the soul of the piece. In addition the cheekbones appear to extend much farther than then normal, adding additional contours to the figure. Monster 2’s vast nothingness and contours distort the universal perception of the human figure into a near ghost-like being.
The Unequal Couple depicts a relatable scene, where a younger woman playing with a man’s beard has distorted his face. Appearing playful, the woman is tugging on his beard, but the man’s mouth is stretched with eyes showing pain. As our theme would suggest, distortion being accompanied with pain would suggest that the altering of the human form has negative side effects (here these side effects are shown in a physical, and more literal, sense).
Bone Tear depicts a woman on her knees with skulls in her hands. Presumably a widow due to the veil on her head, her body is abnormally thin in comparison to the size of her head. The only color in the piece the slightly yellow tinge of the miniature skulls. A thin, detail-lacking body in conjunction to the emphasis on death reinforces our theme of the uncanny by means of de-individualizing the woman depicted.
Vessel depicts wooden figure painted in the likeness of a human. The piece may be decorative or a utility, which could be indicated by the handle on the back of the figure. Distortion comes in the form of an outrageously disproportionate body, where the arms and legs are small in comparison to the rest of the figure.
Sculpture of Mani-Wata depicts what appears to be a woman giving birth. Although birth is a natural aspect of human life, the way in which the artist represents the mother’s facial features and the body of the baby is a bit unsettling. The mother’s face is rather detail lacking, with only small, dark slits representing the eyes and mouth. The child almost has a stickfigure/doll-like, giving an artificial/ appearance.
Dawinian depicts a number of human-like figures with incredibly distorted characteristics. The leftmost figure lacks any skin pigmentation whereas the rightmost figure’s face appears to be larger than the skull. This surreal piece is made uncanny through the combination of a realistic body, but abnormal facial feautres.
Translated Vase depicts what appears to be a broken vase reconstructed into a completely different figure. The piece is composed of rigid, “glass-like” shards with a glossy green finish. A closer look also shows patterns on a few of the shards, implying different areas of the original vase being assembled into the Translated Vase. Through distorting the common paradigm that society has embedded of a vase (visually and its utility), the piece lurks towards the uncanny.
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