Another Hermaphrodite Cubist Sculpture

Douglas Wood
Submitted by Douglas Wood August 5th, 2011
Certifikitsch Winner

Gauguin’s great quote,  “The ugly can be beautiful, the pretty, never” sums up the wood sculpture below.  I can’t quite figure it out, but I think it’s a sort of cubist rendition of a hermaphrodite carved into an incredibly thick and heavy piece of rare black and white marbled mahogany wood.

Yes, I’m pretty sure this creature has one breast, one penis, one arm, one gigantic ear, and one breast-like, protruding eye.  When I first stumbled across this at an estate sale I thought it was hideous, but have to admit it’s grown on me and I now find it beautiful.

Side view:

3 Responses to “Another Hermaphrodite Cubist Sculpture”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    Totally out there! I’ve seen a lot of wood sculptures in my day but never came across him/her. I could go either way on the sexual derivation. Also think it’s exceptionally weird at the same time as I think it’s exceptionally great. This is one of those things where the context of the room it sits in would influence my vote.

    The side view with the breasts and penis sticking out is so bizarre. Then throw the shape of the head in and it goes over the top.

    Another mixed breed here at AWMOK: https://www.alleewillis.com/awmok/kitschenette/2009/10/17/half-chicken-half-cow-creamer/

    Is it actually different kinds of wood or is the word stained to give it a Cubist look?