Sabotage, suspicions, and violence: embroidering the dark side of cartoons with Peter Frederiksen

Liz Gorny, It's Nice That, 10 February 2022

Stitching shots of hands and mallets, artist Peter Frederiksen zooms in on Tweety Pie’s grubby underbelly.


“I’m a nervous laugher,” says Peter Frederiksen. So it seems the Chicago-based artist has found his perfect match in cartoons, which often paint heavy material in a humorous way. Peter says these dark themes are usually based around money, food or pride, and tend to boil over quickly into sabotage and violence. “One character made another character look silly, so now one of them has to die,” Peter continues. “There’s also a running theme of fear, which I think goes hand-in-hand with the kind of instability that violence implies; lots of traps and other nefarious setups, but also fears of insecurity, performance anxiety and the unknown.”


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