The sickly-sweet, nausea-inducing drivel on many greeting cards was my inspiration for making these little bendy people.
I once had a part-time job stocking cards for Hallmark. Some of the writing on the cards was so terrible that I felt I could do better. I made lots of these little people, thinking that I would pose them and then take photos to go on the front of the cards. But by the time I finished making them, I had learned that the profit margin on the cards can be so small that it wasn’t worth my while.
So the bendy people sat in my studio for a few years, until recently, when I started using them to comment on public policies that impact health.