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Woody De Othello / Karma

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Woody De Othello (b. 1991) is a Miami-born, California-based artist whose subject matter spans household objects, bodily features, and  the natural world. Everyday artifacts of the domestic tables, chairs,  television remotes, telephone receivers, lamps, air purifiers, et cet era—are anthropomorphized in glazed ceramic, bronze, wood, and  glass. Othello’s sense of humor manifests across his work in visual  puns and cartoonish figuration. “I choose objects that are already  very human,” says Othello. “The objects mimic actions that humans perform; they’re extensions of our own actions. We use phones to  speak and to listen, clocks to tell time, vessels to hold things, and  our bodies are indicators of all of those.” Othello’s scaled-up  representations of these objects often slump over, overcome with  gravity, as if exhausted by their own use. This sophisticated gravitational effect is a central formal challenge in his work. Informed by his own Haitian ancestry, Othello takes interest in the supernatural  objects of Vodou folklore, nkisi figures, and other animist artifacts  that inspire him.