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Warren Hicks
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Cautionary Tails is an ongoing exploration of the human condition by means of manipulated stuffed animals staged in compromising human situations.

By infusing them with a healthy dose of dark humor to disarm the viewer, I’m able to address topics that are visually challenging, if not repulsive, when presented as photographic documentation of real life events. The scenarios I recreate are taken from media headlines or from my own personal experience.

This work can be experienced on a purely absurdist/humorous level or explored further for deeper meaning. There is no correct reaction. I'm not professing solutions, just provoking awareness, and hopefully providing a memorable art experience for both the seasoned and casual viewers alike.

This series is perpetually growing in reaction to new events in my life and the ever changing social and political landscapes – there appears to be no limits to humanity's ignorance, cruelty, indifference, and suffering.

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