Crystals and corpses: David Altmejd
David Altmejd is a Montreal-born installation artist now residing in New York. At first glance his work can be disturbing, even horrifying: decomposing bodies, matted fur, organs covered in mold. In short, not your run-of-the-mill Disney fare. But upon closer observation, the pieces exude a colourful optimism.
“A lot of people think that I’m really fascinated by death and morbidity, but I’m much more interested in life. I just think that things look more alive when they’re growing on top of what’s dead,” says Altmejd.
Throughout many of his projects, Altmejd displays a natural flair for dramatic juxtaposition. Sharp, crystalline growths coil in and out of organic elements, and the two meld into a whole more singular than each of its parts. Despite these jarring images however, a love of nature and beauty permeates Altmejd’s work.