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Artist makes disturbing miniature dolls of babies and body parts

Look away now if you’re a bit squeamish and also happen to adore babies.

Singaporean artist Qixuan Lim creates ceramic sculptures that are adorable as they are grotesque. Her works often depict tiny decapitated babies or dismembered body parts such as arms, legs, and hearts – all of them packed inside unexpected containers such as medicine packaging, candy wrappers, or egg shells.

Using polymer clay and colours like beige and red, Lim mixes them together until she gets the exact look and texture of human flesh or skin.

im thinking… new website ? #qimmyshimmy

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“The trick is, use powders, not paint,” Lim told Creators. “I sculpt with needles and brushes—soft tools are surprisingly good for sculpting—sometimes with the help of a magnifying glass.

“My works are usually baked in the oven; the same oven which cooks my food and that is not something I should be proud of.”

cheers to the weekend ?

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Also in her interview with Creators, the artist and designer explained that she likes producing works that are “creepy-cute.”

“I think the baby heads are appealing to me because they carry with them a sense of vulnerability and fragility, but at the same time looking quite morbid and discomforting,” she said.

The word “amateur” comes from a French word meaning: "lover of". An amateur is someone who does something purely for the love of doing it. Today we commonly associate the word 'amateur' for not being good enough, but it took an unexpected conversation with a French bookseller to understand this word for its other (and much more beautiful) meaning.

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Lim added that her miniature pieces were a result of having leftover clay from a previous commission. Not wanting the material to go to waste, she sculpted what would be the first of many.

“I just fiddled around with it and came up with these little heads hidden in pistachio shells, and my friends absolutely loved it and encouraged me to make more,” said Lim.

The word “amateur” comes from a French word meaning: "lover of". An amateur is someone who does something purely for the love of doing it. Today we commonly associate the word 'amateur' for not being good enough, but it took an unexpected conversation with a French bookseller to understand this word for its other (and much more beautiful) meaning.

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Despite being busy with her graphic design studies in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Lim hopes to have an exhibition soon. You can see more of her works over on Instagram.

the best kind of candy? ?

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baby heart what should i do with you?

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Thank you for loving my squished baby pills as much as i did!!! To answer a few questions I got recently: 1) this work is already sold to a lovely collector of mine but 2) i will be making more works in time (hopefully! but they will be small pieces that i have the confidence to ship) 3) i'm producing works very slowly because i'm currently in school doing 'serious design stuff' 4) if you guys are based near the netherlands and know of galleries that will be interested in my works, please send me a pm ? thank you!!! #qimmyshimmy

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flesh ?? (midterms didn't kill me)

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