Geoffrey Gorman likes to imagine that his menagerie of twig and cloth animals are ‘found toy relics from prehistoric times’. Constructed from bent tree branches, old cloths and sculpting wax, the animals have a stark, predator-like look. Broken and bandaged, they seem to be on the hunt for food, haunted by their wounds.
Listen to an audio soundbyte from the artist and see pictures of him at work on Daniel Quat Photo. Gorman says he hopes that we see humor in his work – could it be that what I am interpreting as a hungry, hurting canine is really a jovial pup on an adventure with his pals?
A broken bent tree branch, bleached from sun and rain, makes me think of weathered bones: fingers, legs, backbone, and hip bone. Old stained strips of cloth act like bandages and clothing, hiding and holding it all together.
What do you see when you look at Gorman’s beautifully crafted animals – pain or pleasure?