For the 2020 holiday season, Kris Kuksi has released a new limited-edition ornament from his Considerably Petite collection. In this ongoing series, Kuksi distills the narrative and visual language of his large scale mixed media assemblages into intimately sized, affordable works that feature all the hallmarks of his recognizable compositions. A Considerably Petite Holiday Ornament juxtaposes Baroque and Rococo design with the rigidity of the industrial landscape and classical architecture, to explore religion, culture, war, industry, and death.
Like all Kuksi’s assemblages, A Considerably Petite Holiday Ornament carries the familiarity of history, with elements collected from discordant paths. The central figure, who looks off into the distance with his arms folded, is loosely inspired by 3rd Dragoon Guards, The Prince of Wales' cavalry regiment in the British Army, first established in 1685. This intricate and detailed ornament encourages close looking; Each individual element, such as the purple carnation, black wings, or inverted architectural steeple, adds a new layer of meaning that the viewer is encouraged to decipher.
A Considerably Petite Holiday Ornament features hand-painted embellishments and measures 5 x 4 1/2 x 2 inches and is from a limited edition of 100. Each ornament is $250, plus an additional shipping and handling fee of $35 for domestic and $100 for international orders. A Certificate of Authenticity, hand signed and numbered by the artist and a ribbon to display the ornament on a tree, is also included. Ornaments will ship out on December 9th.