“Deuce“, an animation by Monica Cook is most definitely a dark and bodily feast for the eyes: I have no problem in labeling it grotesque. This claymation oozes creepiness, and not the kind of creepiness inherent in a stop motion using clay people. The saliva that drips out of the man’s mouth as his tongue licks the woman’s neck was enough to make my skin crawl. Cook’s concept visualizes the process of desire and attraction, right from the initial meeting to the birth of children, which is an inevitable thought process for most people. You meet someone, you’re attracted to them, you envisage your life with them – what “deuce” does is compact that process, graphically illustrating what may only be a 3 second thought. Urbandictionary gives us a lovely definition of the word, which if applied to the animation, makes me feel a little ill. What doesn’t lessen my appetite are the amazing still photographs, reminding me of how much time and sculpting went into this project. If I were wearing a hat I would take it off to Cook.
Text by Marion Piper.