The United States is still a democratic republic, formally, but what that actually means in practice is increasingly in doubt — and the Hobby Lobby ruling, deeply disingenuous and sharply at odds with centuries of Anglo-American law, exemplifies how that formal reality is increasingly mocked in practice. It is a practice best described as neo-feudalism, taking power away from ordinary citizens, in all their pluralistic, idiosyncratic diversity, and handing it over to corporations and religious dictators in both the public and the private realm.
Studio Markunpoika, run by Finnish designer Tuomas Markunpoika, created a series of vessels carved from hundreds of hexagon-shaped pencils glued together and carved out using a machine lathe.
“Pencils are utilized when giving form to our thoughts, illustrating our wishes and ideas. They are inseparably fused with craft and arts,” writes Markunpoika. “‘Amalgamated’ is a collection which explores the relationship of a mass produces ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. The beauty of the pencil an object seems to go unnoticed if utilized only for their primary purpose.”