© 2019 by Joshua Tuthill

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Absurd, surreal and perverse. There is an inherent narrative that infuses the sculptural objects that I make. With references to myth and allegory my work allows me to express my sense of humor. I come from the world of film and animation where, although often pursued, it is very hard to ignore narrative. With sculptural pieces, the narrative becomes more subdued, but also precise in the way that each piece becomes a tableau.

 

While the pieces are taking form, a story tends to come out through the process. They become individual stages of theater, a captured moment in time, or a single frame of a film, which has been removed from the flat surface of the screen, and transplanted into our own world. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class ethics, I create work through labor-intensive processes which can be seen overtly as a personal ceremony.

 

The work is inundated with bad jokes, clichés, and blatancy. They question the
coerciveness that is derivative from the more philosophical meaning and the pretentious aesthetic appearance of a representation. By referencing romanticism, grand-guignolesque black humor, and allegory, the pieces can be seen as self-portraits.