Being influenced by the toy art scene that exploded in Japan, my work is an insight to the American adult through the playful and satirical antics of my creations. Through making a series of sculptures I am interested in the visual language that is needed to create an implied narrative, which is required for the metaphor to come across. These satirical situations I have created are influenced by Anime, Comic Books, Merry Melodies Cartoons and Japanese Manga and the way they are made is inspired by the works found in the Little Boy exhibition as well as the Beautiful Losers exhibition. The figures are made of glass to elevate the object as well as establish a pathos for the figures, with the intent of raising the work from a lowbrow standing to a highbrow one. The scenarios are made in such a way that resembles prop making with a “Backyard Builder” or a “Do It Yourself” approach with the intention of making the work relatable to the viewer and to fulfill a sense of resolution to the scenario.
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Caryl, Shane, "Hopeless Optimism" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
RIT – Main Campus