Thursday, 25 February 2010

A New Sin for Fetus Fetishists?



OK. We know they lie. We know they cheat.

Now, we learn that the fetus fetishists may also steal.
An £8,000 gold-plated cast of an illegally aborted foetus has been stolen from a London gallery.

Two thieves smashed into the Orel Art UK gallery in Victoria in what is thought to be a pro-life protest.

If Jesus Had Been An Abortion How Happy Would We Be by American artist Stephen J Shanabrook is a bronze cast of a foetus from the Sixties, plated in 24-carat gold.

Gallery owner Julian Farrow said no other exhibits were touched: “It will be a very hard thing to get rid of.

"We're wondering whether this is motivated by a political or religious take on the work.”

Hmmm. Artist Stephen Shanabrook seems to have some, er, issues.
Stephen j Shanabrook first became well known for making special kinds of chocolate pralinés from casts of wounds on dead bodies from morgues in Russia and North America. Son of an obstetrician and the town coroner, as a child Shanabrook worked at a chocolate factory in a small town in Ohio. Overlapping these oppositional influences the artist created a unique vision of beauty, one on the threshold of death, pain and disaster. Shanabrook gives a new and often disturbing meaning to substances and forms otherwise associated with comfort, happiness and banality. His most recent chocolate pieces was a life size cast of the remnants of an 18 year old suicide bomber.

Here's his webpage.

2 comments:

Niles said...

so...how does the artist get casts of a suicide bomber in the first place? Or the dead in morgues? Seems like there are a few laws skipped there?

or is it all a set up?

fern hill said...

Niles: Beats me. It's just thorough-going bizarre.

And now somebody has stolen the weird little fetish.

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