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".

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, MulliganCuddly Rigor Mortis, Mulligan

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.

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, CitrusideCuddly Rigor Mortis, Citruside

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".

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Slice and Dice

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Slice and Dice

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Sweet Lobotomy

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Sweet Lobotomy

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Peppermint Gimp

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Peppermint Gimp

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Minty Melt

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Minty Melt

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Kokoroheart

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Kokoroheart

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Coffee Break

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Coffee Break

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Cataract

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Cataract

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Apple Eye

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Apple Eye

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