SAMBYPEN

SAMBYPEN is an artist whose work is based on appropriation. SAMBYPEN parody certain brands and culturally symbolic objects with his own personal twist in a way that he himself as an individual can relate to. His work involves cutting wood with a laser printer, painting it over with an acrylic paint, and gluing it to a canvas. He also produces numerous graphics of animated characters with a twist of his own narrative.

 

His most recent work involved the MIchelin Bibendum character with a Bic head. The Bic head represented his addiction, the bic lighter that would light his cigarettes or the bic pencils, weapons of mass creation, to quench his artistic thirst. The Bidendum was a homage to himself and a remembrance of his childhood, as he himself was fat just like the Bibendum character was and was his imaginary friend during his introverted childhood.

 

His interest in parody art and appropriation comes from a loss of self and identity. Having lived in both Poland - a country stemming from a political atmosphere of communism - and New York - a place of advanced consumerism that thrives in the vices of the capitalist. He has experienced and embraced both atmospheres as an artist. In doing so, he has also lost a sense of origin and direction. It is during this phase of loss that took upon parody art. It is during this moment of confusion parody art that spoke to his heart. He can see himself in the work he makes - an amalgam of different brands, cultures, and identity.

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