Artist Restores Rejected Stuffed Animals, Encouraging Others To Embrace Their Imperfections

February 20, 2015 1:13 PM

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Artist Restores Rejected Stuffed Animals, Encouraging Others To Embrace Their Imperfections

Artist Nina Salerno has a soft spot for abandoned toys. To her, there is something undeniably lovable about the raggedy critters, with their tattered fur coats and vacant yet wistful expressions. Perhaps she sees something human inside them that tugs at her heartstrings, something slightly defective yet utterly lovable -- and hungry for love.

Salerno channels her passion for stuffed animals whose exteriors may not be up to snuff in an ongoing project entitled "Perfect Rejects." The Los Angeles-based artist turns recycled toys into the stuff of fine art, recasting every glitch and tear into a special and unique physical attribute to be ch...

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