I’ve always loved the dual definition of words:
- A form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.
- An excessive and irrational devotion or commitment to a particular thing.
- An inanimate object worshipped for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit.
Fetish Fetish, bronze, 13″ in height, 2017, edition of 9.
I keep saying I don’t want to be bound by realism. Artists of the past somehow give me permission to push things just a bit further. Picasso’s altering of the form in his bust of Marie-Therese expresses a gentle, limp soft character, cross-eyed and slightly dazed. It has always appeared phallic to me. With ‘Fetish Fetish’ I have used the similar folding of the toroidal shape and turned it into something a little more obvious.
Fun Fact: A Torus is a mathematical term for a donut shape. – hence ‘toroidal’