Chewed

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

Chewed

While some might interpret
the photographs
of mutilated chew-toys
as a violent representation
of an animal’s baser
instinct, many others will
see something deeper:
love—destructive love, perhaps,
but love nonetheless. Each of the toy-cadavers in Chewed
represent the infatuation and adoration lavished upon these playthings
transforming into something quite other than the cheerfullooking
toy they began as. Photographer Arne Svenson, and Ron
Warren, authors of Sock Monkeys (200 out of 1,863), brilliantly
characterize each dog’s undying devotion for their once intact
playthings, an enthusiasm evidenced by the stray hairs and
random teeth marks found on each stuffie, one-legged duck,
and now headless bear. The formal photography elevates these
transfigured companions into a cheeky questioning of beauty and
attachment and even what qualifies as art. Among the famous
contributors penning accompanying short stories inspired by
the photographs are Augusten Burroughs and Todd Oldham.
Highlight: the “Chewed Classifieds.” Talk about looking for love
in all the wrong places…—SL

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