Guests of Green Truck Pub may be in for an eyeful as Zoe Huddleston’s installation ‘Insides’ graces the windows of the Habersham Street eateries re-purposed Drive-Thru Art Box, a unique exhibition space curated by one the cities most prolific local art promoters and non-profit organization, Sulfur Studios.
The SCAD senior who's majoring in animation with a focus on stop motion said she’s always been drawn to eerie themes and hopes that her colorful, plush, abstract combination of textiles, fibers, crochet, and found items comes together to offer viewers an unsettling contradiction within it’s allure.
“I’ve always liked sort of creepy stuff, that’s why I think I was drawn to stop motion so much because there is that uncanny valley thing going on that comes from it being sort of tangible and real,” she said. “I think the visceral realness is what I like about it. Even when I’m doing things that aren’t supposed to be creepy in stop motion, there’s still an element of discord. That’s why I like stop motion horror so much, I think it can capture that sense of unease a lot better than other forms of animation. The uniqueness of the art form is what I love about it.”
“I wanted it to look sort of gore-esque,” said Huddleston, “but Barbie colored. I love horror and gore movies and I always think that it’s really beautifully shot, and pretty so I wanted to kind of force that on other people. I really wanted a to inspire a sense of contradiction by making gore that was plush, and soft and looked like it was comfortable, I want it to be a little unsettling, but I want them to like it.”
Huddleston said she’s also looking forward to providing viewers with a color-inspired piece that simultaneously challenges public definitions of what textile-based art is.
“I’m excited to see something really colorful in the box that I’m hoping that people will stop and look at, maybe it will even inspire them to do something similar,” she said. “I want this piece to push what people think of as felting and textile art because it is so gross that I’m hoping that people possibly have a hard time with it, but also can’t stop looking at it, that’s the goal.”
While Huddleston’s display may have some customers second-guessing the traditional beef-based burger, the artist assured us this wasn’t her intention.
“When we were installing the exhibition, we were joking that I hadn’t really considered the location as much as I should’ve, because one of the people helping install the work was asking if it was pro-vegan, but it’s not,” she said.
“I don’t mean anything political by it, it never even crossed my mind, it was just something that I wanted to do in that space. I’m just glad everyone was supportive of it because I wasn’t quite sure how weird I could go, it’s not in a gallery so you just never know.”