Take a walk into the woods today to see the creatures that inhabit the world of Cuddly Rigor Mortis. 'Dendrology Mythology' is Kristen Tercek's, the artist behind Cuddly Rigor Mortis, first exhibition in Australia. She was inspired by the aftermath landscape of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated her neighbourhood.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I was reading a book written in the 1880s called 'Welsh Folk-Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions'. My house was surrounded by huge oak trees broken in half and buildings torn from their foundations so I began to imagine my own mythology of protectors and guardians to help me cope." Tercek recounts.
Tercek is known for her horrifically cute, plush doll creations and her interpretation of Walt Disney characters that hang proud in a gallery at Disneyland resort, California.
You can find her newest collection at Auguste Clown Gallery, Johnston Street, Fitzroy. A welcoming space for pop surrealism and contemporary artists from across the globe. Run by straight talking Leigh Cornish who was hospitable and incredibly devoted to each piece displayed.
Pretentious art buzzwords aren't essential, with originals and prints at affordable prices.
If you're a sucker for imaginary, googley eyed beasties; it's the perfect outing. Tercek's work doesn't fail to reawaken childlike illusions of all things fantastical.