Can morbid be cute?
I would never have thought that creepy and cute could go together in a sentence. That was until I saw Kristen Tercek's incredible acrylic on wood paintings signed Cuddly Rigor Mortis. Jersey based artist, trained at NYU Film School lives in the woods with beloved husband and two chihuahuas, painting small pictures of "thoughts had in the dead of night".
Animated bruised golf balls, crippled candies, sorrow melting ice-creams, one-eyed fruits or muffins with heads sliced or bitten, cats with cataract and many other cuddlesome little beings in suffering are the subjects of violent yet dreadfully funny scenes.
Carried away by their sweetness (plus a slightly cartoonish feel) one might wrongly target Kristen's art toward kids, but as the artist says on her website "... if it seems just cute and happy, please keep looking. I'm sure you'll notice something quite horrific soon enough".