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Lenka Clayton: 63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth (Installation Shot) (detail)

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Lenka Clayton publishes her brilliant 63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth

Kids are weird. Granted I say this as a 30-year-old man with no children, no nieces and nephews and no godchildren, but in the limited dealings I have had with babies and toddlers and whatever you call those ones that are older than toddlers, they are all pretty bizarre. Artist and longtime friend of the site Lenka Clayton has confirmed my suspicions with her project called 63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth..

First exhibited at the at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts last year, Lenka has now worked with designer Brett Yasko and photographer Tom Little to create a book which features life-size full colour images of the objects rescued from her gastronomically-adventurous child when he was between eight and 15 months old.

“The collection indirectly documents those months of our lives,” Lenka says and among the 63 things you find everything from an acorn to a cigarette butt, metro tickets, small rocks and a sponge animal to coins from three different currencies (British pounds, Euros and US dollars).

As with much of Lenka’s work the core idea is delightfully simple, but the execution and the care and consideration that has clearly gone into publishing it are second-to-none.

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Lenka Clayton, Brett Yasko & Tom Little: 63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth

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Lenka Clayton: 63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth (Installation Shot)

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Lenka Clayton: 63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth (Installation Shot)

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Lenka Clayton: 63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth (Installation Shot)