The Artists "Review" Artists Project was launched on June 30, 2008. Below is a "review" of Jenn Figg work, Forest Rat's Absence of Need, written by Bob Barbera. Jenn provided the second jpeg, an image of Cubular Box of Earth, as well as a brief response to Bob's "review."
Jenn currently resides in Richmond, VA, and Bob lives in Cherry Hill, NJ.
If you would like to participate in this project, please email me at jtkirkland [at] gmail [dot] com.
"Forest rat's absence of need" is a sculpture reminiscent of a diorama on the dusty third floor of natural history museum whose heyday preceded color movies or television. Giving the viewer a glimpse of something mysterious and majestic, something only the stealthiest naturalist, the most determined observer could experience in its unique nature. Taking a quick look out from his cover, a shrub of fanned out digital print glued to cardboard, the "Forest Rat", looking much like the skeleton of a goat, is ready to forage for dinner or shrink back into his bush at a moments notice.
The nature the Forest Rat lives in is one of telescoping birch trees, dime store fake philodendron and 3 dimensional fanning shrubbery all placed on an orange Chippendale ball and claw footed pedestal, set in a corner where its illusions can be seen from their best angles.
As a snippet of a fantastic naturalist environment or an obvious playful cut and paste experiment, forest rat's absence of need, asks its viewer to enter its world and for a moment, believe.
By Bob Barbera
By Jenn Figg
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