You Might Find This Kid's Art Scary -- But He Politely Disagrees

Submitted by: saracasm 1 week ago in


Callum Donovan Grujicich is 12 years old. He prefers making art instead of explaining it, and he's completely aware that you might find his artwork slightly creepy. But they're not at all frightening to him. They're the result of experimenting, scavenging for materials, using his imagination and learning how to express himself through his art (he's self-taught).

The dolls Callum makes — or "figurative sculptures" as he prefers to call them — are detailed pieces that evoke storybook worlds and rich symbolism. But Callum would rather not speak to meaning in his work when people ask him. He says, "I want people to decide what they think it means, instead of me telling them."

And they mean a lot, even in terms of their individual parts — rusted metal pieces and clothing that Callum sews himself, often using fabric and found materials he collects from family and friends.
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Male 2,888
"He prefers making art instead of explaining it" For my first 4 years of apprenticeship, this was my teacher's philosophy when it came to making Art, specifically sculpture.  My last 2 years becoming a master I was turned on my head and almost kicked out for having that point of view.  Luckily I was smart enough to use my words to defend my approach to the Dean and had good work to back me up.  Needless to say my "committee" was fired and I was appointed a new one with similar views.  Artists are not the Historians nor are we bound by "Theory".  "Art Theory" is pure bullshit that any wordsmith can spew.  Actually making Art is another story.

This kid is a pure artist, he is going places in life through his imagination.  
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Male 1,421
kalron27 Agreed. Art is what one wants it to be. Every time I see someone trying to pick apart a book, or painting, or song, it just infuriates the hell out of me. Why can't some people understand and accept that some art pieces were made simply to be enjoyed, and only mean what the observer wants it to mean?
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Male 3,982
I love this kid's art. I think he's astonishingly talented.

Also, great first post, Sara! Welcome to IAB. I hope you have a great time here and meet some new friends.

Be sure to upload an avatar sometime in the days ahead. It's all part of the fun and makes it easier to recognize users. Have fun, and I hope to see you soon in the threads.

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Female 1
squrlz4ever haha thank you, i'll make sure to add an avatar
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Male 3,982
saracasm Go you! Give that girl a hand... or paw.  Oh, and don't hesitate to submit more fine art posts. This place could use a little cul-chuh.
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Male 39,248
Tim Burtons illegitimate child
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