Well, I've been home for about two weeks...which for me is an eternity. And only have a little more to do on the book...the title is...oh I can't tell you yet...but you'll be the first to know.
Here are a few things I've been working on recently. My Cyclopian Hunter was a hit at ArtFest...he's interactive.
When you run you're hand across his brush a plumb of dust comes out...most people were amused....especially me. By the way that is no ordinary dust...that is Austalia dust.
Next up is my RatBone guy. Not a great photo of his long snake/fish body but he's made from the bones of prairie dogs that a student found on he walks. She gave me ooodles.
Ever since Bali, I've had much more of an appreciation for the Monkey god Hanuman. This is a skull but I found some old images that represented him in this way. So I'll go with it. The White Monkey....
One thing...that Island of Dolls really moved me more than I initially realized. Not only has it increased my interest in my deMented Toys but I also find myself combining that process with Day of the Dead imagery.Here's another version of that Hansel and Gretel didn't get away idea.
Another thing I've been playing with is little nichos in which the skeleton toys can be taken out and played with...if thats your thing. Here he is flying home...Perfect landing...safe in my little tomb...
Here's another version of the same idea...this one is based on the Aztec god of the underworld Mictlantecuhtli. I've used a Mexican Police Badge for his headdress.
And yes that is a little Lenin pin on his throne. I've had that around for years. Got in in a flea market in Prague. Seemed fitting. Mictlantecuhtli is a bit dictatorial I would imagine.
Lenin finally found a home...in the underworld.
Hope you enjoyed the goodies.
A bit of business before I go....
So a note to those of you in the L.A. area....I'll be at Zinnia in So. Pasadena May 29,30,31
Teaching...What a Relief, Shoe Shrines, and Island of deMented Toys. Here's the skinny...click here