Craste’s porcelain vases, modeled after 18th and 19th century pieces, are subjected to all kinds of torture. Pummeled by baseball bats, impaled by a pair of scissors, nailed to walls or hanging from the ceilings… the decorative objects seem comical despite the underlying violence, perhaps because of their cartoonish features and stances. But why all the hate, you may ask? According to Craste, he uses these models “as a basis for research on the status of the collectibles by subjecting them to a practice of deconstruction and violent alteration of their formal structures, or by contaminating their traditional decorations through a subversive process of subject substitution.”
See more of Craste’s work here.