Inside Out

Brittny Badger’s photos reveal the inner beauty of household appliances.

By Laura Cochrane

There’s a lot of beauty in a well-designed object and the parts that make it up. And the most solid designs are often found in items that you don’t spend time thinking about, because you don’t have to. They just work, effortlessly.

For her senior thesis at the Hartford Art School, 25-year-old Brittny Badger explored some of these devices of convenience that are often taken for granted. Inspired by a photo she saw of toy car parts laid on a white background, she disassembled and rearranged the components of small electric kitchen appliances, taking photos to document her final arrangements.

For her first piece, the West Hartford, Conn., artist ...

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