Precious Mutations

Keith Busher collects Precious Moments figurines. That in itself is not unusual, because a lot of people do. But Busher is an artist. He takes the figurines he finds and makes them dark and twisted, downright "anti-precious." Apartment therapy tells his story. 

Though he initially shied away from toying with Precious Moments because he didn’t want to upset anyone (and, practically speaking, because people aren’t in the habit of discarding those particular figurines very often), Busher says he hit the jackpot when he found out a local antique shop had an entire box of Precious Moments it was looking to offload. “The Precious Moments pieces tend to get the biggest audiences as they are so recognizable,” he says. “Everyone knows somebody who had this piece or that one.”

Busher uses a self-hardening clay and mostly recycled materials to transform each figurine. And he takes his time. “I’ve learned that I can make pieces quickly, but I won’t be happy when it’s done,” he says. “I often add things that don’t get seen, several layers of paint to get that right feeling of depth.”

See Busher's creations at the Precious Mutations Facebook page and at Instagram -Thanks, Linda!

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