Bella Feldman creates what she calls “anxious objects” — ranging from large-scale, imposing pieces to smaller more intimate pieces. Her art and vision of the world is affected by hearing Hitler’s speeches on the radio as a child. Spark visits Feldman in the studio to see her “War Toys” and mechanical glass and metal sculptures.
Her “War Toys Series 1992” and “War Toys Redux Series 2003” were provoked by the Gulf War and bio-terrorism and are ominous yet playful renditions of weaponry. While the fanciful construction of her missiles and cannons makes them clear parodies of their all-too-real counterparts, Feldman’s toys help remind us of the dangerous human obsession with war and weapons.