Happy (Disney)
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Happy (Disney)

2015
Truly personifying his name, this dwarf is bubbly, bright and the most sociable amongst his diminutive comrades.
Truly personifying his name, this dwarf is bubbly, bright and the most sociable amongst his diminutive comrades.
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Everything is a joke to Happy. Even chubbier than lovable old Doc, Happy is always ready with a belly laugh - a fact that annoys Grumpy immensely.

A protruding rounded belly is a defining characteristic of this dwarf. As he stands tall and proud, the reflection of the viewer can be seen in is his plump tummy, as he laughs and jiggles to entertain. His movements are full of life and similar to Dopey he dynamically claps, waves, laughs and points out to the viewer.

"Collaboration came first [in the relationship with Disney]. They had seen the Ruffled artworks and I think they were amused, and impressed at how I made the birds come alive. The birds are playful, charming and silly but they also display their own unique, individual characteristics. So Disney said that every now and then they like to allow artists to work directly with Disney’s property and the reference they gave me was actually Hirst’s Mickey and Minnie spot painting. And, basically, was I interested. So it was an easy one to answer. I was absolutely delighted at the prospect of doing this. And by then I had created two pieces for them, using their characters, which are obviously the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Mickey and Minnie artworks. And in doing so, I have become the only digital artist exhibiting in museums and exhibitions who is allowed to use Disney’s classic characters. And it’s something I take very seriously; I’m actually delighted with it. I feel it is very important to treat the characters with the utmost fidelity and I believe that my role as the artist is to respect where the characters come from but then to redefine them in a new story, a new narrative: something that pays homage to the incredible talent of Walt Disney who created these characters almost a century ago, but which also portrays a new storyline.

If you take the Mickey and Minnie artwork, it is absolutely loaded with symbolism. And part of that was a response to the fact that Mickey and Minnie are unique characters within the Disney family because they are permitted to recognise the world around them. Mickey and Minnie can understand the difference between London and New York. In the way they’re depicted in the films that Disney produced Mickey can even role-play, he can put on a costume, so there’s something incredibly liberating about these characters
." - Dominic Harris

Extract from interview with Dominic Harris by Simon Quintero.

Year:

2015

Edition:

Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs

Materials:

Code, electronics, computer, display screen, 3D sensor, metal, acrylic

Details:

Produced with the support of the Walt Disney Company.

Dimensions in MM:

Dwarf Dimensions:
680 (W) x 680 (H) x 150 (D) mm

Dimensions in INCHES:

Dwarf Dimensions:
26.8 (W) x 26.8 (H) x 5.9 (D) inches