Jason Freeny’s anatomical toy sculptures and illustrations of pop culture icons and children’s toys intentionally cover the most basic of anatomical elements of the human body. By targeting a mainstream and less anatomically witty audience, he creates a nostalgic bridge for adults to cross yet maintains a sense of thrill within children who view his work.
When asked by Vanessa Rutz of Street Anatomy why he thinks he’s managed to capture the imaginations of different generations simply by exposing anatomical features, Freeny elaborated,“For the father, it’s perhaps being hit with the possibility that all those toys, characters, and imaginary friends from their youth could have quite possibly been real. And for a few moments, all the imagination and fantasy abandoned years ago come gushing back.
For the child, it’s being introduced to a new dimension to these characters. Perhaps solidifying their reality. One thing I have never seen in a child’s reaction is fear. It’s always amazement, wonder, and wanting to explore the image. Fear of anatomy and guts is a learned reaction. It’s always the parents who are uneasy. Uneasy about how a child will react, then, seem shocked when they aren’t frightened, but instead are excited.”
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- Shaya Ishaq