Cartoon Trompe L’Oeil
I’ve never let go of my inner child, and my friends know that I still watch and very much love cartoons (Boomerang is one of my favorite channels ever, I ♥ The Jetsons!) Imagine my reaction these hand-painted pieces by Karin Viktoria Bjurstrom:
The surreal and almost creepy portrayal of the collection is contextually appropriate; she sought to blur the lines between imagination and reality, and I think these items succeed. “Stitches” become highly pronounced as the defining borders of the items, truly giving one the sense of front and back, sleeve vs. torso. Buttons, bows, and trim also become exaggerated, delicate yet imposing, as is the nature of placing black on white. The art on each piece is completely two-dimensional yet the liveliness of the features have me convinced that the model belongs at Mickey Mouse’s side in Steamboat Willie.