Odditorium is a series of fine art and an artist book created by Sue Clancy. In this work Clancy playfully practices household surrealism.
Clancy takes an uncommonly odd view of ordinary objects from around the house and paints them in whimsical situations with animal characters that evoke feelings of magic, wonder and laughter. She’s deliberately remixing elements of the common world to tell a new and pleasant story of magic household surrealism.
Her goal is to tell gentle, pleasant and comforting stories because that’s what she needed as a kid and what she wants more of as an adult. Clancy views her creations as souvenirs of moments of love and kindness.
Clancy uses gouache, ink, color pencil, acrylic and collage to make her fine art images. The collage text you see in each image is from a falling apart copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen that Clancy had in her house. Austen wrote about emotions and dealing with them so Clancy enjoys the visual pun of including bits of Austen’s text in this fine art series. Clancy creates animal characters because an animal behaving like a human highlights our humanity.
Here’s a look at the Odditorium exhibit on the walls inside Burnt Bridge Cellars https://www.burntbridgecellars.com/
The Odditorium artist book is a 24 page 8 x 10 size coffee table book. Some sample pages are in the photos below. More book details including how to order in this link https://www.blurb.com/b/10698335-odditorium
For the pun of it (i.e. household surrealist art becomes a household item) a collection of Odd Greeting Cards is available here https://www.zazzle.com/collections/odd_greeting_cards_art_by_clancy-119338499337369594
And a collection of Odd Mugs is here https://www.zazzle.com/collections/odd_mugs_art_by_clancy-119680926784788694
Clancy’s hand drawn sketchbook that led up to (prequel?) this Odditorium series is titled Another Sketchbook. Spoiler alert: this sketchbook is about reading and the life of the mind. Sketchbook details here https://www.blurb.com/b/10134263-another-sketchbook-by-clancy And here are a few photos of the printed book Another Sketchbook.
List of blog links in which Clancy shares her process of creating the Odditorium series.