ABOUT STASH PUPPETS
Stash Puppets have worked privately and quietly on their art for over 20 years.
Their work is both a coping strategy and an oblique yet penetrating discourse on living with Asperger’s syndrome, depression, phobic disorders and social exclusion. They are outsiders in the true sense of the word.
One of them is the child of Indian parents exiled from Uganda. The other one a child brought up on a Northern council estate during the decline of the steel industry. For both of them it was a case of sink or swim. One of them tried to swim, the other sank. One of them attempts to fake functionality in today’s world of cold professionalism but the other one rarely leaves the house.
A mutual friend introduced them and as they say ‘we immediately grew an umbilical cord between us’. They have found a singular identity in their work and distilled their obsessions to produce mixed media work which deconstructs, reconfigures and reflects their dreamscapes and ways of seeing. This presents the viewer with a challenging narrative that is often disconcerting and provocative.
The world of Stash Puppets is strange and melancholic. However their understanding and contemplation of this world is underpinned with a skewed sense of humour that reflects their fascination with the unreality of the moment.
Through their identification with the margins of our culture and exploration of modern day artifice they present a body of work that is neither concerned with academic practise nor limited by a desire to connect with or be part of the established world of fine art. Indeed they don’t even think of their work as ‘art’, it is simply something they do and the things they make are the end result of their therapeutic endeavours.
Stash Puppets will be offering special editions of their work for sale online. These will include signed & numbered lithographs, archival prints and limited edition books of their art. There will also be an opportunity to view and buy one-off items.