Philadelphia-based artist C.W.Wells recycles and repurposes doll parts and discarded action figures, mixing in scale figure accessories and her own ceramic creations, assembling her constructions into enigmatic dreamscapes.
The effect recalls the broken toy figurines in the films of Jan Svankmajer or the Brothers Quay. Carefully lit and photographed, the damaged characters that populate Wells’ tabletop tableaus seem to pose with the same wounded solemnity as subjects in a Diane Arbus photograph.
Frankenstein, an evocation of recombined body parts, is a recurring character in Wells’ work, it’s melancholic porcelain face attached to all manner of bodies. Family Portrait, seen here, is at once disturbing and darkly humorous.