For her recent project "Toy Skull Reconstructions",
Sarkisian employed the specialized modeling technique practiced
by forensic scientists and archeologists, to revive and visualize
the precise face of each toy skull she gathered. The results bears
recognizable human resemblance, yet so extreme they seem rather
inhuman, with exaggerated facial contours, awkward proportion, and
occasional bugged out eyes. Their both generic yet extreme human
features are uncomfortable to the eyes. Each of the busts were adorned
in extensive Goth style costumes and put on individual pedestals
like artifacts, accompanied with large glossy photograph portraits
behind them. At first glance, the busts seem goofy and repulsive,
but the elaborate outfits and the museum style display demand respect
and acknowledgement from the viewers. It forces us to re-examine
the culture clichés, and reveals the absurd nature of the
much-glamorized dark realm.
Amy Sarkisian has shown her work in Los Angeles, New York,
Milan, and Paris. Currently you can see her work in the traveling
exhibition "Scream: 10 Artists, 10 Writers, 10 Scary Movies"
in The Moore
Space, Miami till July 3, 2004.
PetiteMort got a hold of Amy Sarkisian for an informal
Q&As. And as a tribute to this West Coast Queen of Darkness,
we did a portrait of her, in forensic style: