The brainchild of Melbourne based illustrator Daniel Atkinson, 'Little Deities' is an exhibit featuring 60 standard dolls, each transformed into a 'Deity' by a collection of artists, designers, and illustrators who responded to Atkinson's challenge.
Sixty Melbourne based artists, including Stephen Ives, Kirsten Perry and Sonia Kretschmar, Andrea Innocent, Dean Gorissen and Ben Ashton Bell, accepted the challenge of creating gods out of the ‘nothing spectacular about them’ dolls. Other than that, there are no guidelines allowing the artists the freedom to use any medium or technique they so desire to give their dolls the holiest of holy makeovers.
And what in tarnation was Atkinson’s inspiration for the exhibition concept? Well, as stated in the official press release, upon moving into his new abode, Daniel noticed an arched space that needed filling. He constructed a mock shrine and pained a doll he found in a dollar store to use as the centerpiece. “After I built the shrine I started to wonder what others would consider worthy of worship?” And there you have it!
While it’s humorous, it’s also thought provoking. “I hope it encourages people to reflect on their own beliefs and ask themselves what they think is worthy of worship in the 21st Century.”
The show will run from March 3 – 18 at No Vacancy Gallery, which is located at Tenancy 32, The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne.
This article was inspired by this Lost At E Minor piece.