Distorted Cognitions by Matt Bottos

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25/06/10 – Mixed Media

When I was putting this together I had a recollection of a past memory. As a kid I was pretty introverted and was quite good at making my own fun. One time I decided to do an experiment with a battery and my orthodontic braces. I won’t go into too much detail, but the results were quite similar to what is depicted in this image … perhaps this has something to do with the “distorted cognitions” that plague my mind these days?
Hmmmm, actually I’m sure the butter knife in the toaster incident of 1981 didn’t help either.


  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodover 4 years ago

    Battery and braces … butter knife in toaster … Haha!! This is why I watch my boy like a bloody hawk (he’s 11 and very much at “that age”) …
    How was this created? It rocks!

  • haha … yeah I have two boys so I know the signs and what to watch out for ;) This was made from bits and pieces… card painted with watercolour, craft wire, modelling clay etc. it was heaps of fun .. basket weaving might be next ;)

    – Matt Bottos

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 4 years ago

    Matt this is great love the text ….I am guilty of the butter knife in the toaster
    trick too :))

  • ohh I think we are allowed one time each… it’s a great way to learn not to do it again!

    – Matt Bottos

  • aartwaven
    aartwavenover 4 years ago

    oh my, that must have hurt and I am sure we all did the knife in the toaster thingy or similar at some stage.

  • thanks … I dont feel like such a duffa for doing it now that Im not alone :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 4 years ago

    I love how you’ve conveyed so much with so little, Matt. Very cleverly worked.

  • thanks jan… was fun to make :D

    – Matt Bottos

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyerover 4 years ago

    Ooooh Matt – I’m absolutely sure that explains EVERYTHING (not…) :)))

    The best things about our children is allowing them to use their own imaginations, and think of things, and form their own opinions on things – they teach us so so much!!!.

    Though – maybe experiments involving electricity and metal parts affixed to their actual bodies is going just that touch too far…. I bet that HURT like mad!

    My son is 9, and my daughter 13, and she is heading for having braces later this year – thank you so much for letting me know what I need to watch out for :)))
    K x

  • Im all for kids getting out there and learning but maybe I should make a list of things for parents to watch out for in regards to the really dangerous stuff? The signs seem to come in pairs… knives & toasters, batteries & orthodontics, draino & plastic bottles, firecrackers & small animals… ummmm maybe Ive gone too far now? ;)

    – Matt Bottos

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyerover 4 years ago

    PS – 1981 was NOT a good year……

  • benthebrown
    benthebrownover 4 years ago

    Very cool Matt, love your style, what a great combo of media…have you been to Tim Burton yet?

  • thanks mate… nope, havent been yet … looking forward to it though :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • simoneb
    simonebover 4 years ago

    Haha, this is classic Matt, it’s amazing that you survived your childhood, running electrical currents through your teeth like that!! Great work!! :P

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsover 4 years ago

    I love this and your description. I wasn’t exactly introverted, but definitely did some crazy things too resulting in more than one permanent reminder on my skin. Ha ha. I’d do them all again too.

  • Junior Mclean
    Junior Mcleanover 4 years ago


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