Idol to Exceptionalism 6

Jeremy Waak


Lancaster, PA, United States

6 x 1.75 x 4.5 inches

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Post-Industrial Fetish Series

All humans desire happiness. To help achieve this, every culture has created objects to bring about things they want and defend against those they don’t. Fetishes are the physical manifestations of potent spirits used for magic, prayer, wishes, guidance or curses. But, fetish can also be a fixation, a distraction or a delusion.

The fetishes in this series are for us now. They relate to our current cultural mindset, our image of who we were and who we are becoming. Some may find comfort and confidence in them and some may find fear and criticism. They are not answers or solutions but mirrors and questions.

Jeremy Waak studied at Memphis College of Art and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is a full-time studio artist exploring new work involving industrial imagery/mechanisms hybridized with plant/animal subject matter. His studio practice includes functional objects, wearable artwork and jewelry, gallery installations and public artworks.

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