On the Film:
“Uncanny, The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo” is a short documentary about renowned Venezuelan visual artist, Mariana Monteagudo, currently residing in Florida; her creative process and her inspirations behind her intriguing, eerie and culturally-hybrid doll sculptures, all made of repurposed materials that were originally waste. In the film, we join Mariana into dumpster diving and visiting local thrift shops; closely following her through the creation of her new doll series “Uncanny”, where topics like capitalism, immigration, consumerism, maternity, contemporary art, terror and upcycling are explored.
Coming from a strong family tradition of ceramists in Venezuela, Monteagudo loves giving a second life to objects that are discarded by our society. Like a waste picker, she walks around neighborhoods to salvage gems from people’s bulk trashes, rescuing textiles or baseball balls, plastic bottles of orange juice, or an old unkempt teddy bear. She also visits local thrift stores looking for unwanted objects that may excite her creativity, contributing with the processes of upcycling and reuse. To her, everything has potential for inspiration and hybridism, and that’s the way she lives her life: continuously seeking, always resuscitating abandoned things, permanently combining and thinking ahead of time and placing her faith into the most unimagined creations. When the dolls are finished, everything makes sense, and a magical symbiosis is initiated, resulting in the reflection of today’s globalized and interconnected world.
Produced by a one-woman-band crew / The Lunch Box Studio