Artist turns Precious Moments figurines into the stuff of nightmares

Artist turns Precious Moments figurines into the stuff of nightmares


There are few things more twee than Precious Moments dolls, those cutesy collectible figurines that rose to popularity in the 80s But once Canadian artist Keith Busher gets through with them, they’re anything but cutesy and sweet In fact, they are positively horrifying.That’s because Busher uses epoxy, paint, and an active imagination to transform the angelic little porcelain figures into the bone-chilling stuff of nightmares Busher calls his creations ‘Precious Mutations,’ and they’ve earned him a bit of a fanbase   Speaking to Today, he explained that several years ago, he and his family were ‘house poor,’ and he was on the lookout for something to keep his kids entertained on the cheap ‘I was looking for an inexpensive hobby to distract our kids from the amount of TV they were watching,’ he said ‘We wanted to find something crafty that they could do, so we decided to try and upcycle items into interesting things ‘On the hunt, they discovered some Precious Moments figurines at a local thrift store, which Busher describes as ‘terrible ‘ He grabbed three or four for $10.  Soon, though, the hobby became more his own than something to keep the kids busy  Using epoxy clay and paint, he’d make over the little dolls, erasing the angelic facial expressions and sweet scenes and turning them into the stuff of horror movies  ‘The idea behind it was when we saw them originally, they are usually so sickeningly sweet — like cavity-inducing sweet — the best way to counter that is to go the polar opposite,’ he said ‘I am not 100% sure why, but I have always enjoyed villains and creatures and monsters and mythology ‘So a little blonde girl in a pink bonnet got the face of a demonic-looking animal  A sweet little boy and girl praying over a couple of bluebirds became an old, decrepit couple with red eyes and wrinkled skin, holding a bloody, decapitated head A baby boy in a blue sweater’s face was replace with that of a demon, though made all the more creepy because it still wore the cutesy outfit Busher thinks the creations are funny, and hope others see the humor too. ‘I hope people smile I hope they laugh. I hope they don’t take it too seriously, he said.He has made 250 or so to date, and has over 1,500 Instagram followers, plus a few thousand more on Facebook  ‘I want it to make people look at things a little differently for themselves,’ he said ‘And then they can take it and apply it to real-life situations. ‘If they’re stressed and if they’re dealing with something that is tough, they can ask: How can I look at this maybe a little different? How can I change it so I can see it from a different point of view? ‘Hopefully, I solicit someone to have more of an imagination, not only for these dolls, but for their own lived experiences as well ‘

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