Lauren Carly Shaw’s miniature sculpture series ‘The Human as Animal’ features human body parts, harvested from dolls and Barbies, placed into the context of soft-bodied scuttling sea creatures. Shaw’s series puts Barbie on a level playing field with mollusks. Surprisingly, there is something quite elegant about the compiled part-doll part-shell creatures. It’s easy to imagine one’s horrified delight when discovering one of Shaw’s creations under a rock or in the tide pool of a desolate beach.
Although these creatures are inanimate sculptures, it’s easy to relate to them, and imagine how they would move. For instance, the baby-face clamshells seem to be timidly participating in a game of peek-a-boo together!
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