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Their heads are interchangeable.
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Jump Dancers (set of 3)
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Jump Dancers (set of 3) Sculpture

Emmanuel Cortes


Sculpture, Textile on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Size: 15 W x 15 H x 5 D in

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About The Artwork

These jump dancers seem to move as their heads change from one body to the other. Dancing, music, and the nightlife has been a big part of my coming of age. These dolls bring me to a dirty rave party in an abandoned warehouse. The glamour, despair, and emptiness of the fun yet the dangerous night is very attractive at first glance. This piece is part of a series of doll sets. They are made from deconstructed suitcases. ----- I moved from my hometown Chicago, to be with my husband in Brussels, Belgium. These dolls are a mix of anxiety, fears, curiosity, and wonder I experienced during the migration away from everything I knew and grew up with. The suitcases were no longer of use to me, I wanted to reuse the material and create something beautiful. These dolls are the result. I'm heavily inspired by cartoons and surrealism, these armless dolls are at the same time adorable and dark.

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Sculpture:Textile on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:15 W x 15 H x 5 D in

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I was born in Mexico City in 1988 and raised in the southside of Chicago as a child immigrant. As the product of a lower-class immigrant household, I grew skeptical of the white institutionalized art world and questioned my position in society. I make sculptural objects and functional art. My work reflects the chaotic urban environment, decomposition, and the imperfect nature of reality, which is somehow more surreal to me. I am accustomed to thinking about perfection as the norm. I see the processes of "decay" and "erosion" in my life every day, be it physically (underpasses, rusty street lights, dilapidated buildings, unused public spaces) or socially (racism, homophobia, machismo, faux pas). These are the ideas that feed my ambition to create. I then translate these into functional art by combining traditional media and found materials. Reuse has always been part of my practice. Growing up, my parents would pinch pennies; art supplies were never a priority. With my most current work, I explore the decolonization of my practice, ideals, and presentation within the western world. Since moving to Brussels and calling Belgium my new home, I encountered a culture shock that deepened some of the wounds I acquired as a child immigrant. My sculptures are a response to that.

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