Horror can often be heightened when juxtaposed with the wholesome and innocent. That’s one of the reasons why toys and children in horror movies can be particularly terrifying. That’s what makes these figurines by Jessica Harrison so disturbing. Traditionally such pastoral figures are soothing, safe. By subverting that with gore (the heart here…other images include the brain, intestines, and even the face) the corrupted image shows us that we are not safe, and that what soothed us is a mirage. Interestingly, it is at least implied that the women portrayed mutilated themselves. They are not innocent victims, but rather perverse actors. Very creepy.
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Eileen Maksym studied philosophy at Yale and theology at Boston College, and now uses both to write science fiction. Currently she is an academic nomad, following her astrophysicist husband around the world, two kids in tow. When not writing or kid wrangling, Eileen is a hopeless fangirl. She can be found on Twitter (@eileenmaksym) squeeing over her favorite shows, most of which involve famous detectives, dashing time travelers, and creatures that are never, ever referred to as zombies. View all posts by eileenmaksym