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Love It or Hate It? Wieki Somers High Tea Pot

This tea pot, from artist Wieki Somers (no price available), has a skull-like shape made, appropriately enough, from bone china. The water rat fur cozy keeps the tea warm, and the bone china is thin enough to view the water level through the curves of the skull shape. In her artist's statement, Wieki writes, "Nothing is more decadent than to satisfy the human need for status and extravagance through the harm of animals."

I think this piece makes a compelling argument against animal cruelty. But judging it purely from an aesthetic point of view, what do you think?


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Gelsomina Gelsomina 9 years
Is the artist actually advocating violence to animals as a means to an end? Or is her comment meant to be ironic? The fur covered cozy is derivative and was done by Meret Oppenheim - her fur covered cup, saucer and spoon were original and provocative and I believe are part of the permanent collection at MOMA in NYC. Also reminds me of Damien Hirst's work - Nothing new here.
mintz mintz 9 years
that's so gross! :puke:
specialcamper specialcamper 9 years
It's not something I would serve my Grandmother tea from, but I have the kind of friends who would get a big a kick out of it as I would.
SwtLikeCandi1 SwtLikeCandi1 9 years
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it kind of scares me just a bit - i think that i can do without it
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
wow this is disgusting.
buch1979 buch1979 9 years
super scary and it makes me sick to my stomach.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
That thing is the scariest thing I have ever seen.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
wtf can i bury it?
telewyo telewyo 9 years
that doesn't make me think of a relaxing cup of tea
catfsh34 catfsh34 9 years
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Creepy. Very creepy.
Catipa Catipa 9 years
Horrible and disgusting come to mind when looking at this.
capeartist capeartist 9 years
Aesthetically speaking, that tea pot is hideous!
d9rlcb d9rlcb 9 years
I would be scared to own it.
princessangry princessangry 9 years
That is HORRIBLE! Good point kayleigh83, if this thing is an anti-cruelty statement, why use real fur? *confused* oh, and it's hideous! :)
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
That is awful!
Random2 Random2 9 years
Uh.... I think I'd feel obligated to go hit things over the head with a large wooden club while grunting if I was served tea from that.
macaronsbedon macaronsbedon 9 years
I hope the artist is humorous in her statement (which doesn't have any real substance: Cruelty against animals attributes a rank in regards of someones richness...those are negative, provocative and dangerous words that take away her humanity.)! I know they say that art can be anything, it all depends of the eye of the be-holder but I'm having trouble acknowledging that skeletea pot as a piece of art. It is purely and simply ugliness in my opinion, the object and its "statement".
katejlogan katejlogan 9 years
I'm an out-doorsy western gal and I think that is absolutely hideous. People would pay real money for that? I wouldn't even want it as a gift.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
That is just strange looking. It looks like something you'd make if you were living in the woods for 10 years and got desperate.
sahayra sahayra 9 years
Everybody has their own ideas...mine is that these are ugly.
emalove emalove 9 years
This is horrible.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 9 years
Ok, I am confused... if it is supposed to be a statement AGAINST animal cruelty, why did she use real water rat for the cozy? If it was a statement against it you think she'd use faux fur...
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