November 11, 2020
Sophie Meier's Skimau: Cheeky Figurines in Resin
This adorable series of miniatures by graphic artist Sophie Meier captures all sorts of fun moments of humanity. Her new Skimau collection, many of which are presented as charming popsicles, are delightful decorations with a distinctive tongue-in-cheek style.
At the heart of Meier’s designs are people, in their everyday lives as well as their fantasies. The figurines encompass a variety of experiences and themes, from athletes and a law professor to beachgoers and some raunchier scenes. Many showcase the nude human figure with a bold and cheeky humour typical of the artist’s French heritage, but even the most covered pieces like Mr Smil the clown are designed to highlight the silliness of people being people. Covering a broad spectrum of humanity in all its uniqueness, Meier’s figurines are a celebration of us all.
The construction of the hand-made pieces is also very clever: many of the figurines sit atop wooden sticks surrounded by popsicle-shaped resin, giving them a unique, summer-fun feel. There are some, however, that sit on flat bases of cork or concrete, for those who prefer an artwork that’s a little more self-supporting. The clear resin also means the items can be viewed from all angles, providing a full view of each colourful figure. Some figurines use this 360-degree perspective to play with the idea of exposure – Ms. Ass+, for instance, is fully covered until you turn the popsicle around. However, the resin also warps and reflects the figurines in interesting ways as the viewing angle changes, allowing for more lofty ideas of identity and perception to come to the fore. More than anything, though, it’s creative, silly, and a little bit of fun.
Meier’s ice cream-inspired designs are incredibly sweet in more ways than one, and their mischievous humour feels like a breath of fresh air. As reflections of humans in (mostly) mundane scenarios, the resin-encased figurines have a beautiful slice-of-life quality, with each unique scene frozen in time. They’ve certainly brought smiles to the Casper team’s faces, and we hope you get a giggle out of them too.
For more creative uses of fun figurines, read about how Moschino debuted their Spring 2021 collection with a puppet show.