Why am I so impatient with the art process! I am trying to catch up with what I want it to look like instead of focusing on now and how to make it more perfect. Drawing two steps ahead, grrr.. I am stunned at how 100% of Virgine Ropars creations are 100% real in texture, membranes and hair follicles! How how how! Wow. Sketching her doll now to warm up for my latest creation. I have blue cat eyes, which completely transformed the original sculpt into let’s say something in more salacious forest like proportions..Well let’s see how this comes out. I’ll post about it when it’s done?
This little Rabbit was so very lovely to make, I was so happy when she was in my hands. No plans on what going to become of this ball of clay. I think I found my method. To not over think? Plan? or hesitate. Just simply jump off the boat and swim. The materials where very nice to work with, I acquired a creme pink faux fur embossed with flower designs circa 1950 in a strange tank of a flea market in Arkansas. I was weary about going in. But as soon as I stepped into the space, it I felt like I was in the South of 1960. -which could be bad, but … Stuffing creatures is now my favorite past time.
So sad to hear of Dennis Anver’s passing. I am always moved by someone who has the courage to full heartedly put their lives into what they believe in. I truly believe all people should follow their highest passion, in finding themselves and living it. He was an example of that. After all, the most important things are what makes you feel yourself and gives you a place in the spectrum of mediocrity that surrounds us. .
Dennis Avner, who was of Lakota and Huron heritage, was famous for having changed his appearance with tattoos, implants, and surgeries and other accessories that included contact lenses, custom-made teeth, and false whiskers. He also was known to wear a large prosthetic tail.
His reason for such extreme modifications, he said, was a Native tradition. According to Shannon Larratt, Avner “identified strongly with his feline totem animals and in what he told me was a Huron traditional of actually adopting the physical form of ones totem, he transformed himself not just into a tiger, but a female tiger at that.” Avner’s formal totem-derived name was “Stalking Cat,” although his friends called him Cat or Tiger.
The flesh of this doll, reveals itself to be more than I had prepared for. I like the technique I am using but somewhat taken back by the realistic qualities. Smearing the thick blood on the sculpture, feeling the ribcages ….. give me a sense of having an ability to animate what I am creating. Almost like when I sculpt a mouth and teeth and then I feel like I am violating the creature by sticking my surgical tools into their mouth. Eeek! I know, it’s a bit weird. But I take it very seriously. I cant post the picture yet. But trust me, it’s fairly vile. ?
Presently I am sculpting a new creature inspired by the energy and likeness of Jonathan Davis of KORN. On my birthday last year in Hollywood California at Club 1666, I had the opportunity to experience JDevil’s show. Perhaps, I was entranced by his pure Black Scalera’s and was so taken by his presence, that I vowed to make a doll of him. Alas, a year later I have begun the journey to make this happen. For this particular creation, I am learning new techniques. .. Trying out a very eyesight enduring procedure of threading real hair into the scalp of clay. . it is actually quite meditative. Feeling the life bubble out of the hair.. I can not wait to see what will become of it.