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Andrew Hadle

Picasso and Barbie, wood and fabric, 12"x15"x9", 2006

I use sculpture to tell a story. The message is often a direct and comically brutal statement on the eccentric or undesirable realities of one’s character. To further extend the peculiarity of the situations, I tell my stories through the actions of small wooded machines.

These mechanical assemblages employ hand cranks to give power to wooden gears that then supply the articulation of small wooded puppets. The machines are intended to be playful and engaging, much like toys. As a result, they become naive portraits of important modern artists, acting out some of their more adverse characteristics.


University of Kansas
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Burke