Mike Kelley insights empathy in the viewer by displaying stuffed toys as, “dirty wads of fabric” (Kelley). He brings the viewer back to childhood, reminding us all of a time when we would personify stuffed animals. This arrangement of photos appears as if they are mug shots. The sense of empathy he creates around his crude displays of stuffed toys, cause the viewer to feel uncomfortably childlike.
Welchman, J., Graw, I. & Vidler A. 1999, Mike Kelley, Phaidon Press Ltd., London.