Porcelain figures are known to be old-fashioned and tasteless; however, artist Penny Byrne added a little twist to these sculptures to make them more appealing to larger audiences. The Australia-based artist altered the appearance of old figures to mock and satire political and social issues.
The result of this clever manipulation is a revamped set of characters that questions controversial subjects like global warming, civil rights, art and war. For instance, an elephant is transformed into a soldier with a gun coming out from its mouth; or a ballerina is covered in blood and holds a head while striking a dancing pose. Also, each ceramic piece has a funny title that is often a pun.
The controversial art by Penny Byrne can be seen at the SSFA End of Year 2011 exhibit at Sullivan+Strumpf until December 23, 2011.