kanga monster

This is Kanga Monster, thus named because he resembles, in some respects, a kangaroo. Although, truth be told, he was inspired not by our bouncing Australian friends, but rather by a vase that sits in my living room. Kanga's body and this vase share a sneakily similar shape. I spend a lot of time in our living room these days. With a baby boy who likes to eat every three-ish hours, I typically find myself seated across from the aforementioned vase for a good portion of each day. My eyes can only look at the same things for so long before they start merging into new things. Air conditioner becomes robot. And because I have a slight robot obsession, lamp also becomes robot. And vases, apparently, become monsters. This transformative quality from inanimate objects to previously unforeseen creatures is one of the many harmless side effects of being an artist. I think that I inherited this quality from my grandpa who is also an artist and who would often point out the images he found hidden in the knotty pine paneled walls of our summer cottage. Just as some families find animals, objects, and other hidden pictures within a cloud-covered sky, we'd hunt for the intriguing details within woodgrain. And now I transform household objects into robots and monsters. I suppose this could seem, to the untrained observer, to be a strange habit. To me, I know no other way of observing the world. And, really, what fun is there if a vase is always a vase? A lamp always a lamp? Good things come from liberated vision. I'm inclined to think that Kanga would agree.

Comments

sara linnĂ©a said…
you are soo talented!! love it!
DDWarriner said…
Im staring at that vase right now... and it looks like... a holder...of flora...which is made of glass. Wait a minute, that wasnt very creative of me! Oh well, it takes me some time to adjust to see objects the way you see them.

I have always thought the baby swing looks like a cute and squatty monster from deep inside the jungles of Owen-ania...
Mandi said…
Owen-ania :) Funny, Dan. I've been seeing interesting things in objects lately too. I think it's definitely a gift handed down to Bop-Bop's grandaughters!
Natalie said…
Yes! I can most def see the vase you thought of in this amazing new friend!! You are so talented my dear!!!
Mom said…
You girls certainly did inherit your Grandpa's love for observation:-)
Your Kanga Monster is only one example. He certainly is a cutie. Truly, I enjoy your thoughts as much as your art. The appetite of your own "Little Monster" probably contributed to your creativity:-)
Do you think I need to be concerned about you and Mandi? I'm wondering if you two actually live in another world?

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