Eleanor Macnair: Surrealists Rendered in Play Doh

Eleanor Macnair: Surrealists Rendered in Play Doh
Original photograph: André Breton, self-portrait in photomaton c. 1928-1929 rendered in Play-Doh © Eleanor Macnair

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In the late 1920s, the first photo booth appeared in Paris. Fans of the new invention included the surrealist artists who delighted in taking this early version of a selfie. Which is great and all that, but you know what's even better? Seeing those same images of André Breton and co. transformed into play doh. That's exactly what Eleanor Macnair has done and the results are funny, cute, clever and inventive. Keeping the portraits company are many, many play doh eyes looking down from the gallery walls (a previous Macnair project). If you fancy getting in on the modelling action, Elephant West are running a series of accompanying workshops where you can make your own surrealist while freely wondering why oh why play doh smells so very very good. 


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