Magdalena Suarez Frimkess (South Willard Press) (2019)
Softcover, 80 pages, 6.5 x 8.5 inches, edition of 1000 copies
"What the modeled cartoon figures capture is Magdalena Suarez Frimkess at perhaps her most playful, remodeling a population of characters into a sculptural inventory of her prior graphic explorations on pots. These figures have evolved from earlier mugs, cups, and vases that featured added on faces and figurative elements. Their construction perhaps developed out of the rudimentarily built horse Magdalena had always made based on the 6th century Japanese Haniwa Horse sculptures. Magdalena begins the form from a cylinder armature in which details can be articulated when necessary to identify characters: Popeye's arms bulge, and a pipe shoots from his mouth, chunky heels are modeled for Minnie, an open beak is attached to a ball-like head to articulate Donald, a more hooked version signals the character Condorito."
-Ricky Swallow (from the introduction)