Dietrich Wegner’s Tattooed Babies

2 Jul
2010

Don’t get your panties into a bunch. This is not like Wim Delvoye‘s tattooed pigs. Sculptor Dietrich Wegner doesn’t really tattoo the babies, it just looks like he has.

His work can be interpreted as such that he brings to light the bombardment of advertising babies and children are subject to. It is estimated that children see 40,000 ads a year. Children at the age of 3 years old recognize the Target Logo.

These Cumulous Brand works, Wegner focuses on children in these works and their identities and how they change over time.

These are real children.

Here are his sculpture works. This baby is made from silicone and foam.

Baby made from silicone, foam, glass eyes and human hair.

From his website: Every society accumulates contradictions amidst their ideals. Dietrich Wegner employs those contradictions, situating opposites together in sculpture and photography that feed on the friction between two conflicting ideas. When an image stands in limbo, between associations, it occupies a flexible place in our mind. Wegner creates images that are safe and unsettling, abject and beautiful.

Some of his work shows us how a mushroom cloud can resemble a tree house, an anus a vortex, a suicide bomber a vulnerable human being, all in an effort to explore our varied states of contentment and security. In other works, such as in Cumulous Brand, babies are covered in multicolored tattoos in a meditation on how our identities evolve and how we declare them.

Dietrich Wegner not only sculpts these thought-provoking tattooed babies, he produces large installations pieces as well. Check out Wegner’s website to see more of his work.

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