My Broken toys are an artistic work, available in multiple forms: videos, sculptures, installations and photographs.
They are created from used toys, often abandoned, that I am given or that I buy at flea markets or at Emmaüs, and on which I make a number of transformations, under the action of fire or other destructive processes.
What fascinates me in these burnt dolls… is the detail of the material, the carbonized plastic or simply modified by the action of heat. Deep blacks, wrinkles and crevices, burnt caramel face, artificial hair that shrinks in the heat. Body hollowing out, deforming under the intensity of the flame…
These dolls undergo, through fire and other destructive actions, a sort of metamorphosis which takes them out of the world of childhood to go towards that of adults.
I tried to render these delicate materials with a special photographic technique called light painting, which allows me, in a way, to paint with light. A very special light, all in chiaroscuro, (a kind of homage to Caravaggio… ), which I use to highlight these toys… and make the modeling of the distorted material.
The Broken toys are sorts of mini-sketches where I use the toys like actors, moreover I film them like humans by putting the camera at their height. My Broken toys are dramas, but also satirical comedies, a bit creaky, dealing with many themes: philosophy, love, suffering, religion, death, pollution, etc.
My broken toys are at the same time playful, sarcastic and encourage a certain existential reflection…
Aren’t we those toys?
All images and text © Loïc Jugue
By Loïc Jugue
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