Minis Magnified Issue no. 45 Kewpie Collection

???????????????????????????????Valentine's Day is a lovely tradition, no longer designated simply for lovers but for good friends and treasured relationships from all walks of life. Receiving some small, unexpected token of warmth brightens hearts and brings a little cheer to us all. Unfortunately, the holiday brings in its wake a tidal wave of confections and amorous offerings to shop shelves, drowning consumers in a flood of sentimental drivel. Cheaply-made stuffed bears holding sequined hearts stare out at us with unblinking eyes, a dismal army of red and pink. This deluge of mass-produced fluff could make any of us feel a bit worn out and cynical. How refreshing it is then, to look at the cherubic work of Rose O'Neill, whose Kewpies, though mass-produced, continue to illicit a sense of nostalgia and sweetness more than 100 years since their first appearance. How can such simple figures, with their roly-poly bodies, starfish hands and turnip-shaped heads, remain iconic darlings recognizable worldwide after more than a century? It can be argued that the enduring love for Kewpies is carried along by the legacy of Rose O'Neill, herself: an artist, writer and sculptor who threw herself entirely into all that she created. O'Neill loved her Kewpies and those who loved them, inviting viewers into her infectious world of merriment and well-intended mischief – not as a bystander but as a citizen, in a land that taught the value of friendship and kindness. Click here to continue reading a pdf of this article >>


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