I have never accepted Summer. Now I think I have to as we are all stuck in the mouth of the New York Dragon. Waiting in the subway station is comparable to waiting inside of a Volcano while you sweat your weeks supply of water out. Facing a hundred strangers wondering through underground passages while barely being awake because your are a Vampire. City life in the Summer is not for me… It hasn’t all been bad. MMmm.. The Summer Solistice welcomed a well earned Mac Makeup Certification, in which I was knighted by the beautiful Amy Ernest! Followed by an incredible metal show – the one and only Messugah! Messugah has a very special place in my life, so seeing them on that great day was just meant to be. Gaaaaaa…. the incredible power and force behind that music is unparalleled. My face and head throbbed and pulsated with sound and light. Chest pounded and face melted – check.
Summer this year is all about Art, Beauty, the Sea Goddess, Seaweed, Iced Coffee, short adventures, Life reflections, Making People Pretty and new plans.
In June my partner and I ventured to Salem Massachusetts. Traveling out of the city for a short vacation is a necessity to lessen the risk of shooting your face off to end the Summer misery. There is a Samantha (Bewitched) Bronze Statue in the Town square, how cute is that? Lots of witchy shops and normal people, yet again we are the weirdos. Quaint and small Village atmosphere. The New England area feels incredibly Old American/Colonial. Strange Thing? .. Walking through the old tombstones and shrines for the victims of The Witch Trials is a steady reminder of the human condition in group mentalities and hysteria. Ohh you humans. One day we might get along. . or not. Without trees, fresh air, water how do we live? City life is certainly putting a strain on my spirit. This is the toughest city for me to focus and make my creations, but again I will endeavor and pull my little beings out. New cool affordable art coming up for sale! Stay tuned.
I had left my blog absent for 4 months! Eeee… I am coming back around to my creations, having the ability to bring new beings from my mind into a 3-d reality is truly my calling in life, and when I don’t do it. I feel as though there is something missing inside me. Because I am such a weirdo, these beings are like little children to me. Another part of my creative passion is through the makeup medium, from its ability to transform one person into another. . o r into a creature as well. . Ok, let’s face it I like species friends . . . Hmm where did I leave off on this blog..Oh, yes – . My first offical doll show in New York City! It was so special for me. I feel very honored to have the support and opportunity to show my work in such a great gallery. Many of my favorite all time artists have passed through this gallery. Loooove them. ❤ ! Elizabeth Mcgrath, Angie Mason, Jenny Bird Alcantara, Kathie Olivias, Genevive Zacconi,GWAR artists… and sooo many more..
How nuts these past 3 years have been for me! As an artist, so transformative. I’ve settled into the idea of putting down my
roots in New York City once and for all. I had moved lastly from the South with my wonderful partner to New York in October worked on my private Halloween makeup clients, had my show, then landed a job at the greatest makeup company I could possibly work for. MAC! I am learning so much with them right now, it’s been such a change of perspective. For someone who’s lived on the fringes of society working with the darkest and creative in New York and California. And now I am covering Beauty! Oh my! Beauty. I feel like a scary boy disguising myself in beauty makeup, it is a challenge. It is completely opening my mind to the lighter and most gentle world of glamour and light. Which I must say I’ve needed a dose of, after all the hardship and heartbreak over the last year. Losing 2 friends to the other side, and 2 friends to life changing crossroads.
I’ve been a dual headed maniac unorganized artist for such a long time, I’ve decided that I would be more mindful and create in a way that could help others and allow people who are interested in my process to view and read my work. – which includes my life and work as it happens.
I have decided to combine my makeup work in special effects, beauty, doll, creature making into one entity. As I am one person. Streamlined – in a way you can see it all crosse over in the development of my work.
A still and eery baby in a thrift shop here in Arkansas jumped into my lap the other week. She/he/it was sitting in a crystal cup, wearing a christmas jumper. As I picked it out of the crystal cup it began to move and play the song “Jesus love me.” Of course! It must be a demon baby, or a kin to Rosemary’s baby. How strange to peer into this little baby’s eyes while it move forward and rotated backward while playing this ridiculous song. Ah HA! Super coooool.
What a treat to see inside this little thing. Tore apart the dressing and found an age old tinker mechanical music box with a protuding and moving slanted metal rod. The doll’s head is injected with this rod and moves once the box is cranked! Oh what wonder, what genius. Absolutely love it! The next day I sculpted a new face for the young boy, and of course some little goat legs. His outfit is sooo luxurious I can’t resist touching it.
The day has come and this creature is born.
Baby Lucifer moves in a circular motion slowly after the wind up in his back is cranked.
∆ Hi. These past few months have been life changing, and very very difficult to get through. After my friends passing I just haven’t been able to get back to life. But I’m getting back to work and really look forward to making my life fun, happy, productive. I know he is in another place, and his spirit lives on. The dolls I am working on now, I’m picking up from the day I found out about my friend. I was working on their faces the time of his passing, and haven’t been able to get back to work on them. ∆
∆ Yesterday and today I started. Ghost Orphan Children. These children are excited to live with the living, they are soo cute and enduring. Faces are sculpted with Polymer clay. For these ones I’m trying a whole new technique. Let’s see how it goes! ∆
Yesterday I celebrated my grandmother’s 77th Birthday. I have not had the chance to celebrate a birthday with her for many many years. She has been a very important figure in my life in shaping my strength and views. I have seen through the years how much she has handled and how resilient one can be. Having come from a Native American [Chumash Indian] family raising her siblings, and pushing through the years of inequality. I am amazed over and over again, in what she had accomplished. For example, last night I learned how she used to swing from canyon rocks excavating ancient grounds locating Native American Artifacts for the museums! What?! They used to call her “Rambo.” Well her name does actually translate to “Hard Rock.”
We celebrated with family and my amazing partner had sung some of her favorite songs while playing guitar. Truly a wonderful night for her and the family. I am lucky to have the time to appreciated it.
I made her something to represent her strength and honor in our heritage. I know through the years of her era growing up 30s, 40s, 50s, and so on. These years where very hard on races, especially Native’s. So much so, that Native’s where in fact forced to give up and be ashamed of their heritage! They were forced to cut their hair short and be a part of white society. Starting with my great grandmother Josephine, whom was taken from her family and forced into Mission Orphanages. These were set up to eradicate Native American culture. And in a word to “missionize” them. Give them religion, and strip them of culture. Unbelievable, right? There are many, many injustices in this world, and that was just one point. – Anyho I made her a figure set in a Native background. .representing “Native Peace.”
I’ve been working on quite an array of things lately. Just launched my shop on Etsy. I have a shelf full of dollies to finish off. And I can not wait to create more. I must catch these new ideas before it’s too late. But before I get to them, I am working on a very special project, in which I only have 1 more week to finish. This one is soooooo freeeeeeAKy!
Super Freak. For example, I cover it before I sleep. AAAAAAAhhhhh… I’ll explain more of it when it’s done. When it is done….For the love of death! Jonathan Davis will be finished! Some surprises on him too. For the meantime I leave you with this image. … Hehehe.
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. ?