Kris Kuksi has become an established assemblage artist with his iconic relic-like conglomerations of religious, mythological, and historical symbols. These pieces mesh eras and ideas together to create incredibly emotional and powerful sculptures of an epic quality that resonates with the viewer. Their antique appearance creates the feeling of lasting importance and eternal themes. However, Kuksi’s works oftentimes show the darker sides of human history and detrimental patterns, such as slavery and destruction of our own planet, by distorting and twisting elements in his installations to highlight the grotesque and unnatural. In an interview, Kuksi named Bernini, Bosch and Bruegel as some of the artists he admired and was influenced by saying, “Nothing beats landscapes of hell, twisted contorted figures, hedonism, and flowers sprouting from anuses.” The gothic architecture and romantic scenes forged by the artist create immediate parallels and prove to be moving works of art. Study them below!
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