Through the process of play and “trying things on” my figures experiment with objects that affect their appearance and bodily movement. The decorations reference desserts in their delicately frosted, sugary surfaces. Their incongruous relationship to the body of the figure is emphasized by the color and surface contrast of multiple materials. Oftentimes these objects unnaturally restrict the figure from either normal movement or sensory function. Although they initially appear sweet and frivolous, these adornments have the potential to cause physical and psychological discomfort. They serve as a means to an end; as vehicles used to create an image of desire. The figures are experimenting with different modes of self-representation. They alternate between appearing submissive and threatening. It is indistinguishable whether they make these alterations for a selfserving purpose or for the pleasure of the viewer.
We live in a surreal world constructed by mass media and popular culture that takes us constantly further from our natural environment. Our preoccupation with selfpresentation and display is a visual example of one of the many ways we embrace artificiality. Despite this façade, our emotional actions are tied to basic animalistic impulses. Society and culture tend to ignore or deny the presence of these primal urges. I use animal features and mannerisms blended with those of humans to create hybrid forms, which illustrate this psychological state. Beneath the fake eyelashes, wigs and sparkles we are just animals playing dress-up.
— Magda Gluszek