The Israeli artist Ronit Baranga has created a series of works that would be a fine china suitable for the likes of the Addams family or the Munsters, but maybe a bit too creepy for most of my dinner guests.
She uses her art to blend the line between animate and inanimate by adding mouths and fingers to ceramic cups and places. In her own words:
In this combination of the “still” and the “alive” joined as one, I try to change the way in which we observe useful tableware. The useful, passive, tableware can now be perceived as an active object, aware of itself and its surroundings – responding to it. It does not allow to be taken for granted, to be used. It decides on its own how to behave in the situation.
Check out some of her beautifully macabre pieces below.
Cup of tea to calm your nerves?
I'm already not a fan of sharing straws, but this takes it to a whole new level.
It's all about teamwork.
I'm not sure how I'd feel being force fed by these disembodied fingers.
Vase or face?
Would they eat all of your plants? Do they even have stomachs?
Mad Hatter's tea party
It would certainly make tea parties more lively.
Eat your fruits and vegetables
I guess if you're wholly dependent on eating what people drop on you, you'd be happy with about anything.
Mrs Potts, is that you?
Even including it's own Chip.
To see more of Ronit Baranga's incredible work be sure to visit her page.
Would you feel comfortable using these cups and plates, or are protruding mouths and fingers a deal breaker?