Sweet Colour Overload

…is the way Tanya Schultz, the Perth-based artist behind Pip & Pop, describes Pip & Pop.

Tanya Schultz loves stories about paradise and imaginary worlds, and especially stories about lands made entirely of food. It is a kind of fantasy found in many cultures throughout history. There is the French mythological Land of Cockaigne, a place where sugar rains from the sky and the streets are paved with pastries, or Big Rock Candy mountain, a hobos idea of paradise, or Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. She is fascinated by the idea of a paradise where you could have everything that you possibly desire and more. Clearly on the same wavelength with little bears!

Little bears love strolling through the Lollypop Woods or hiking up the Gumdrop Mountains of Candyland. Pip and Pop’s tiny sugar-coated dreamscapes are delicious realizations of every little bear’s candy-filled dream 🙂

The magical works are made up of sugar, glitter, and plastic toys that come together in a pastel mirage. These sculptural treats are like a sugary version of Japanese pop art with cartoonish shapes and eye-popping colours. The brightly coloured installations celebrate the traditions of storytelling. Works by Pip & Pop encourage viewers to revisit the unbridled wonder associated with childhood through the use of a dizzying array of materials. The artist combines glitter, stickers, washi tape and powdered sugar to create magical worlds inspired by fictional lands made of food. This commission by Pip & Pop for the NGV, supported by MECCA Brands, is an immersive, mythical landscape involving kaleidoscopic wallpaper and handcrafted sculptures.

Pip & Pop began as a collaboration with fellow artist Nicole Andrijevic in 2007. After four years Nicole left the partnership to pursue a different career. Tanya Schultz now works solo and with other friends and artists creating projects in many parts of the world. She has exhibited her work in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands, Mexico, the UAE and the UK. When creating an installation in another country, she always reads folk tales and children’s stories from that place. She is interested in imagined worlds, places that only exist in stories or in our imagination. And she also finds travelling inspirational – going to new places, discovering traditional crafts, flea-markets, visual details, new people and their stories.

Prior to creating an installation, Tanya Schultz summons together a rabble of objects, substances and images in her studio. She likes to create immersive installations and artworks from an eclectic range of materials including sugar, glitter, candy, plastic flowers, everyday craft materials and all sorts of objects she finds on her travels. In her studio you’ll find prints of wacky Japanese monsters, taped to the wall; something resembling a baked Alaska with a face gawking from atop a cabinet; plastic gemstones tinkle in the doorway. Within this palette of objects, you might expect to glimpse a My Little Pony toy or some other pink, branded item. Yet the charm of Schultz’s work is that her materials are so wholly crafted that they don’t look like anything you could buy off the shelf. Objects like a mint-green felted boulder or a cascade of pearlescent pebbles are completely original, even though their qualities are familiar and evocative. A few weeks before the exhibition opens, this trove of rainbow-coloured and normally supercilious items will be removed to the gallery, and sorted by colour, texture and size.

Often ephemeral, her meticulously constructed and highly detailed works embrace notions of abundance, utopian dreams and fleeting pleasure. She is fascinated with ideas of paradise and wish-fulfilment described in folk tales, mythologies and cinema.

Time for some sweet colour treats 🙂

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