August 24th, 2011
Skull, without dagger
Skulls: they just won't die. Maybe it's the McQueen show at the Met, or maybe the growing popularity of Mexican graveyard art. Whatever the reason, this most mortal of motifs is everywhere from tattoos to artisanal candles.
Round here, no one does the humble skull justice like sculptural ceramic artist Julie Moon, whose work is currently on display at Narwhal Art Projects. One of my favourite affordable objects she's done is this delicate, Day of the Dead style piece. Far from a bare bone, it has the madcap innocence of a near-senile grandma; plus, it's really pretty.
Not since Hamlet has a skull been so worthy of a soliloquy. —Sarah Nicole Prickett
$200 at Magic Pony & Narwhal, 680 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-861-1684,www.magic-pony.com