|Eye SEE you!|
Hey there everyone...I know you are all busy getting ready for the holidays. Here's a little break from your retail therapy.
My latest creation:
I just finished this piece as the class sample for my New Orleans workshop "A Place for Notions and Potions" from February 16-20.
I was working on an apothecary kit...but admittedly I have been a bit obsessed with automatons like this one:
|Zoltar - Remember him? He knows your future.|
I used to love these things....actually I still do. Another influence along the same thread was the HBO series Carnivale.
|Carnivale opening credits|
This series is a must if you have the in interest in the sideshow/dark carnival world. Unfortunately it only lasted two seasons.
So I decided to merge this side show concept with an with an old apothecary/medicine kit such as this one:
|In theory this is an authentic Vampire Killing kit from 200 years ago. |
I actually have heard that the above kit is a fake. Either way it is a damn nifty example of an apothecary kit.
This is what I came up with:
|VITRIOL (side view)|
A little bit of this. A little bit of that. A little seltzer in your pants.
By the way before I go any further I should mention a little something about the title of the piece: VITRIOL.
|Alchemical Chart of Vitriol|
It is an alchemical term that is actually an acronym for "Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem ("Visit the Interior Parts of the Earth; by Rectification Thou Shalt Find the Hidden Stone."
|Another chart of Vitriol|
I'm not going to go in to great detail about it's meaning. Basically it stems from the Alchemist's concept that by mixing elements you will find a divine source. In this case the seven letters also represent the seven known planets and the corresponding metals:
Gold dominated by Sol ☉ ☼
Silver dominated by Luna ☽
Copper dominated by Venus ♀
Iron dominated by Mars ♂
Tin dominated by Jupiter ♃
Mercury (quicksilver) dominated by Mercury ☿
Lead dominated by Saturn ♄
Alchemy is a strange mixture of science and mysticism. Okay enough of that...back to the piece...
|Take a memo|
Inside I have filled it with lots of pseudo-medical goodies. In this case I have some vials and yes a syringe...in this case it started as a cow syringe....poor cows.
Oh I have to show you this drawer...
|Eye of newt...|
In this drawer, I found a place to keep all those false teeth I purchased in an Indonesian dental kit. But thats not all...I finally found a spot for those mammal blood slides I've had floating around the studio.
Originally the box was a dressing kit. So there is another interior aspect of this piece. Originally it had a mirror.
I wanted to transform the mirror into a portrait. I wanted something very sideshow or snake oil salesman-esque.
Lets head back to the exterior. I included a wheel of fortune which can be spun to see which bit of alchemy is necessary.
|Where it stops nobody knows|
I used an old film editing device for the wheel spinner.
|Back view and wheel spinning device|
Anyway this is the kind of thing we will be making in New Orleans. Hope you join me. If you want more info:
Hope you enjoyed the tour