By C. Antonio Romero
NEW YORK, 31
AUGUST 2006 —"Sculptor" Daniel
Edwards , who gave us the Britney Spears
birth sculpture , has now moved
on to literalized celebrity crap: a purported first "poop" from
Suri Cruise, the as-yet-unseen fruit of the womb of Katie Holmes (not
to mention the loins of Scientology's own Tom the Baptist).
The peculiar rendering of Britney Spears in
mid-birth on a bearskin rug
was at least a pretty fair piece of sculpture, even if its real value seemed to be
no more than a prank for April Fool's Day. But is the new offering
anything more than what it purports to be: crap, dipped in bronze (the
Golden Age being long since past)?
Suri Cruise's Baby Poop Bronzed
Sculptor: Daniel Edwards
Crapla Kesting Fine
Art, Brooklyn, NY
Or is Edwards even smarter than we gave him credit for last time?
Perhaps this trace of an unseen child (who some say is a potential
Scientology Messiah) is in fact a wry commentary on faith,
demonstratio eorum quae non videntur...
Or even, in an age where celebrities supplant the
old gods as objects of veneration and loathing, it's appropriate that we
have not even the relic itself, but an imitation of the memorialization of
the worthless stool from the first breakfast of a child whose
very existence is yet in doubt. ("Worthless", of course, is a relative
term, since the ultimate value of the item may be set by the price fetched
in the eBay
auction, or the prices fetched
by the plaster replicas of the bronze that the gallery has commissioned
There are so many resonances
here–between celebrities and gods, between these two children and
other holy children, between Spears as
wanna-be-Madonna-with-not-quite-visible child and Suri as supposed
twenty-first-century hidden God-child–that one begins to suspect that
Edwards isn't just full of shit.
While we yet
withhold our faith in his hidden
order, we shall watch his future efforts with
hope, and interpret them with charity.
Reception for Suri ’s
bronzed baby poop and presentation of the proceeds raised by Capla Kesting
Fine Art for March Of Dimes will be held September 8th from 6:00 to 9:00
PM at 121 Roebling St., Brooklyn NY 11211. The gallery can be reached at
http://www.caplakesting.com/ or by phone at
C. Antonio Romero is the Nouveau editor at