Skull Mugs

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James Unsworth

This is the twelfth of twelve publications published monthly throughout 2021 Each publication covers a different project or theme from the past 15 years of the author taking photographs and making work.

Between 2010 and 2014 I collected over 100 different skull shaped mugs. I found the majority of them on eBay, hungover in bed pretending to be productive when I should have been at the studio. I imagined making a large glass fronted cabinet with walnut or cherry wood shelves to display them in. This artwork was never realised. I did end up making an inverted crucifix shelving unit covered in black felt but that was to display the 100 golden skull mugs I got made from a cast of an original 1960’s Trader Vic’s skull mug that was designed for the Zombie cocktail to be served in. The mugs compiled here have lived in a box since 2016, I’m glad to now be getting them out and showing everyone a selection of my collection.

Signed and numbered first edition of 100 copies

A5, 60 full colour pages, staple bound, 150gsm uncoated recycled paper