The Inner Life of Toronto Mannequins Revealed

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Toronto-based artist Mikäel Surget, who we learned about on Ego-AlterEgo, took a trip to Kensington Market for his birthday and found himself inspired to search for mannequins to photograph. “I know they are inanimate objects, but I see pain and struggle,” Surget wrote of his excursion. The artist transfers the photos with mixed media on wood, referencing the materiality of the object and highlighting the surface imperfections of his canvas. Surge calls them “damaged mannequins,” deconstructing the image and exposing emotions — “like I have deconstructed myself and rebuilding it to represent the beauty that lies beneath.”

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget

Photo credit: Mikäel Surget