DID YOU EVER WONDER WHERE THE TEDDY BEAR ORIGINATED? Artist Stephanie Metz has, and its not the same story you might find with an internet search of the furry toys. Stephanie has invented her own origin of the species, and she presents her research on her website here.
In this series of work (and she has many other series you’ll find interesting) Metz sets out to classify and present the skulls of teddy bears like a paleontologist might arrange newly discovered dinosaur bones from the Olduvai Gorge on the Serengeti. For materials, she uses wool felt and felting needles to create her odd but cute little skulls. I especially like the fetuses (and the single one in a jar), which reminds me of what you might see in a sleazy carnival sideshow or cartoon biology lab.
Stephanie Metz’ “teddy skulls” can be purchased at the Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco and in NYC. All images here © Stephanie Metz.