Brooklyn-based photographer Kent Rogowski has taken a classic symbol of childhood and turned it into something much more disturbing. These nightmare fueling images are of teddy bears which the artist turned inside out and re-stuffed. The project is simply titled ‘BEARS’ and the artist explains that: “Their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a typology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures.”
Rogowski, in his statement for the project, explained the idea further. “They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core might we better understand our own.”
The artist manipulated a total of thirty six bears for the photographic series. The creatures have been seen in galleries all over the world, and you can check out our favourites below.