I don’t believe in unicorns
Images of cartoons and toys form a fundamental role in making up the visual landscape of childhood memory. By appropriating from mass-media and popular culture Ferdinand B Dick reminisces without directly copying. He creates a new nostalgic iconography by using banal references from popular visual motifs found in childhood cartoons. He however deviates from the original reference by adding an element of emotional distraught. The ultra-pop cartoon bears and ponies characters overwhelmed by emotions, literally balancing on their own tears, like crutches. The unicorn that lost its magic horn, the fainting bear and the runaway bear, they all reflect an unease with their self and surroundings and all convey emotional states that are not associated with happy cartoons.
Ferdi Dick uses the theme of water or fluids in his characters almost looks like they evolved from water. In this instance the water is used to communicate tears of distress and depression.
The plastic pop-iconography gets repackaged as “high-art” in the guise of polished bronze. Moving away from the mass-produced merchandise of popular culture these new figures are meticulously crafted and hand casted from highly valued materials.
Unicorn no more was partially inspired by shows like Care Bears and My Little Pony that evoked memories of childhood security.
Rather than a celebration of mass-culture these figures become wistful musing on childhood, innocence and memories of bygone days.