Monday, June 21, 2010
Found Object Doll and the Midnight Sun
I've had the elements of this doll on my work table for over a year now. It seems like with found object assemblages there is always the dilemma of how to connect the pieces. The materials aren't consistent enough from piece to piece and may not behave properly when you're trying to nail, staple or screw pieces together. A piece of very dried out wood that may have loads of character might just simply splinter as you're nailing or screwing into it. Or it turns out that your substrate really is a fiberboard that turns to dust and "wallers" out rendering your efforts useless. The familiarity of tried and true materials definitely make for less frustrating work. Such is the challenge of art using thrift shop and found pieces.
She's no Candace-
but the creation is all mine except for the polymer clay cabochon face.
I'm open to suggestions for a name for this one.
Her head is a polymer clay face glued to amber glued to a large vintage button and wired and fastened to the round piece of wood that I found at a dump site. I picked up the broken mirror and latch nearby. I had been trying to sell these rather dull vintage buttons as a set and they presented themselves to me on my worktable as viable arms. One leg is a metal bit that I picked up on the street and the measuring tape is a garage sale find from a broken windup tape.
I took a picture of our favorite gal lounging in the wild irises this weekend at 9:30 PM close to Solstice.
The ribbon that Corrine from Dosfishes adorned her cape matches perfectly!
Here she is at almost midnight among the black spruce trees at my friend Heather's place.
We'll be hearing about her adventures with Heather soon.