Entries in sculpture (51)

Tuesday
Jun052012

Kris Kuksi

As an artist sometimes obsessed with detail, I can totally appreciate the sculptures/assemblages of Kris Kuksi. I could spend hours peering at them! Of course I had to choose the one with a chicken in it to post here.

Friday
Jun012012

Tip Toland

Wow. I just ran across the awesomely creepy sculptures of Tip Toland. His figures are so lifelike they become eerie. Have a peek around his website!

Sunday
May272012

It's Not An Emu!

Leaves Around a Hole, Andy GoldsworthyI'm a huge fan of transient art. It's not really a style or a medium so much as an approach. The artist creates something that is not intended to last for any significant length of time. My first exposure to it was an article I read years ago about Andy Goldsworthy, an artist who wanders around outdoors and makes beautiful things out of ... pretty much everything. He stacks rocks, he arranges leaves around a hole in the ground, he stitches twigs together with thorns, he breaks icicles and re-freezes them into new shapes. He takes photos of each creation, and the photo serves as a record. Then he leaves the creation itself wherever he made it. Sometimes they last for years, sometimes they last for minutes. Tibetan sand mandalas are another form of transient art, one that is ritualistically destroyed upon completion. Making a snowman, drawing in the dirt with a stick, writing your name in the air with a sparkler ... all transient art.

Brian's wicker heron, with a little friendOddly, I don't like to make transient art myself that often. I guess I prefer my creations to last, at least for a little while. Brian, however, has created quite a few pieces of transient art. You can see some of them on his blog, mainly his wicker sculptures. He uses all sizes and types of sticks and weaves them together to create sculptures, some of them quite large. He's made several life-sized moose, a big sea serpent that he installed in a pond near where we lived back in CT, a giant spider he put up on a snow fence out in WY. Most of them last a year or two, maybe more, but eventually the elements turn them back into a pile a sticks. Sometimes birds build nests inside them, sometimes vines grow up around them. Each one makes me smile. One of his more recent wicker sculptures was a huge heron that he built for a friend of ours. It lived at her house for a while, but it kept falling over on her hilly property so she suggested he bring it back to our house where it might be able to stand up straight and be seen by more people. A few weeks ago, Brian installed it off to the south side of our yard near a swampy area. Well, it's caused quite a stir in the little town of Plainfield. People have been slamming on the brakes as they drive by, or turning into our neighbor's driveway (since it's closer to the heron than our own driveway) and driving really slowly past the heron. Some people get out and take photos. Some people honk at it to see if it will move. Several people have asked if we need help catching our escaped emu. The emu thing always makes me laugh. Because, you know, we have so many emus roaming about rural New Hampshire ...? Heh. I know why people make that leap. It's a 7 foot tall bird-like object, and emus are sometimes raised as farm animals. But it doesn't happen to look anything like an emu. It's shaped very much like a heron. But herons don't get that tall, so I guess people settle on emu. Maybe I should post a sign up by the road that reads, "Don't Feed The Anti-Emu!"

Monday
Jan092012

New Year's Roundup

Today I have an odd collection of items to share with you, so I'll just stack them up and let you have a peek.

Here's a bit of silliness I made for Brian as a Christmas present. Cloudy (our parrot) can be a little grumpy with Brian at times (what can I say? she prefers me, I'm her momma), so I gave him this bit of photoshoppery as a joke. I can't claim credit for most of the artwork, it came from a BBC website. I just 'shopped Cloudy's head on the body of Gastornis. Brian laughed quite a bit. And I'm sure Cloudy would be proud to know her ancestors ran around murdering small mammals.

 

NH winters inspire me to finish projects to keep us warm, like this rug I started braiding for the upstairs bathroom about six months ago. It's not done yet, but it's a lot closer than it was!

I made a resolution to get a jump on next year's Christmas Cthulhu ornaments by devoting at least one day a month throughout the year just to ornaments. So I've got a pile of snowman parts to show for it so far.

Saturday
Dec102011

Needle Felted Santa Cthulhu, not quite

Every year for the last few years, Brian and I have made some sort of large Santa Cthulhu project together for the holidays. I know, as Christmas traditions go, it's a little bit twisted. But hey, we have fun. You can see some of our previous Santa Cthulhus here, here, here, and here.

This year, we started another needle felted Santa Cthulhu. The plan was for him to be standing in front of a fireplace, putting icky things into little stockings. Other projects kept getting in the way, though. Then Brian broke his right hand in a tragic Man Cave accident, and his needle felting days were over (at least until they let him out of the cast). I realized I wasn't going to have time to finish the Santa by myself before Christmas this year, so we're just going to have to put him away until next year. This is as far as we got (that's his arm laying next to his feet). Stop by this time next year, and hopefully we'll have him finished!

Tuesday
Dec062011

Specimen Jar, part II

I started this specimen jar ages ago, then got distracted by holiday cthulhu ornaments. In an attempt to clean off my desk, I went back and finished this one up. It began as an attempt to make a latex tentacle using a technique I read about here, which I found while browsing through Propnomicon. Once I had my tentacle, I had to attach it to something, so I gave it an eyeball. And some random spikes. Yes, okay, some of my projects aren't as heavy on the design and planning stages. It was an experiment, and it taught me a few things! I put it together in a bottle I picked up at an antique shop. I think it may have been an ink bottle in a former life, but I'm not really sure. Wax sealer, aging on the bottle, a label, and voila! Monopodidae ocularis is born. You can find this jar for sale at The Odd Luminary, the listing has lots more photos of it, too.

Tuesday
Oct112011

Christmas Cthulhus in Progress

I've had a few requests for more of these, so I've been sculpting. Here's a progress photo of some Christmas Cthulhus in various stages of completion. From left to right we have sittin' Santa, standin' Santa, and Mrs. Cthulhu. Check the Etsy shop in a couple of days and I should have some done and listed for sale!

Wednesday
Oct052011

Cthulh-o-Lantern

My latest Holiday Cthulhu, just in time for Halloween! Waiting for the Great Pumpkin has never been so horrifying. Linus' soft chanting has paid off this year ... woe be to Lucy and all who doubted him. The Cthulh-o-Lantern is available for sale in my Etsy shop. Get him while you can, I only made one!

Monday
Sep262011

Specimen Jar

Here's my first attempt at a specimen jar. This was fun to make! I had to come up with the label, age the paper, make the jar contents, age the jar. I had parasitic nematodes in mind for the actual specimen. We'll just pretend they were extracted from someone you've never shaken hands with ...

edit: I've posted the little specimen jar for sale on Etsy here.

Wednesday
Sep142011

Propnomicon

Propnomicon's toothy worm-in-a-bottle!With Halloween on the horizon, I've been thinking about making some specimen jars. The potential for disgusting fun is just too tempting. My latest favorite website is the Propnomicon blog. SO many great ideas in there, the tutorial on specimen jars is what decided it for me. I ordered some hobby latex last night!