August 6, 2020
Helen Burgess, who works underneath the moniker nosey mungo, crafts a playful troupe of characters with endlessly various expressions: there’s a flock of startled chickens, a bulging rain frog sporting a dramatic frown, and a whale duo grinning with contentment. Imbued with a bit of whimsy, Burgess’s clay creatures are derived from their real-life counterparts. The ceramicist skims encyclopedias to seek out lesser-known animals to sculpt, typically specializing in endangered species in an effort to increase consciousness. Living and working close to Brighton, Burgess creates the cute critters in small batches, which she shares on Instagram.
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