Beeswax and bone sculpture. 2016.
Jinn Tantric (Lust Demon)
Beeswax and bone sculpture 2016.
Catching up with blogging this one, the piece has already sold.
More thanks. Once again to Cobweb Designs, and to the local gentleman who purchased a Fallen Fairy, and my little scorpion tailed Jinn.
Also a shout out to locals--I'm suffering from an acute bone shortage at the moment. I'm looking for the usual small animal bones, and also any bird skulls, wings or avian bones/remains. If you know me, contact me, if not, all bones gratefully accepted if you just drop them off at Cobweb Designs, Cygnet.
Thank you once again to all the people who have purchased my art recently. A Hexen, Jinn Demon (Tantric) and the Queen of the Djinn: Lilith, on her throne, have all left Cobwebs Designs bound for new homes. :)
I haven't been able to settle on making any small sculptures lately. No use fighting the urge, looks like I'm making another life sized sculpture instead. This one will be a horned jinn. I've put out a call to locals to source ram and goat skulls for the horns, so if you are local, and can help me, please email me via my contact page.
This sculpture incorporates a lot of very rich leatherwood wax from my new Beeman (and no, I won't share him, so don't ask :)). I tend to work more at night to avoid the bees, and wasps, but can't always resist, so it's an apply wax, then dash away for a bit, while the bees swarm, kind of operation. I also have to watch out for my dogs who nab good bones from my work bench while my back is turned.
As usual this sculpture is pushing me hard to make her, telling me exactly what she wants, and how she wants it, so she's coming together pretty quickly at this point. We'll see, but I suspect I'll be busy for a while.
More photos down the track.
I'm delighted to share the news that a selection of my wax poppets--among them my Hexen, Bone Fairies and Djinn--are now on show at Cobweb Designs.
In fact the first one has already left the gallery, bound for her new home! If you are passing by the township of Cygnet, in southern Tasmania, drop in to see them. If not you can find details on Cobweb Designs facebook page (see the above link).
My thanks to the lovely ladies at Cobweb Designs. I'm proud to add my poppets to the photographs I already have showing there, and to be part of such a wonderful group of local artists.
I thought I'd add the artist statement that accompanies the poppets, as it tells a little of their story, their origins and their antics....
Gothic Belles. 2013.
“Bone by bone, hair by hair, Wild Woman comes back.
Through night dreams, through events half understood and half remembered.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Women Who Run With the Wolves.
I’m the proverbial bone woman. If you’re driving around Cygnet, Tasmania, and you see someone with a box under her arm, searching the verges for animal bones, and studiously avoiding your eye, that’s me. I also hoard beeswax, as local beekeepers well know. I get anxious when my stock is running low. I also attract bees, and unfortunately wasps.
I’ve been making beeswax, bone and wick poppets for about a year and a half, having made a prototype back in 1999, as part of my post graduate degree at the Institute of the Arts, A.N.U.
My Gothic Belles came first. They are Gothic heroines with attitude. Damaged, scarred, burnt and flawed, yet containing an enduring inner strength, they are archetypes of female resilience in the face of historical, societal impositions.
Gothic Belle: Fallen Belle 2013
Gothic Belle: Masked Belle 2013
I soon found myself making the first winged Gothic Belle, the bone wings serving as metaphors for the possibility of healing, metamorphic flight.
Gothic Belle: Self Portrait 2013
In turn the Bone Fairies, Djinn and Hexen emerged from my bones and wax. Women are to witches, and witches are to fairies, and all that, and my art has always revolved around the magical, mythological and the spiritual.
Freed from their corsets and crinolines, my poppets began to act in an unpredictable manner, becoming Wild Women, flying around on broomsticks, trooping, dancing, seducing, dancing on wicks and soaring on the trapeze.
Bone Fairy: Wick Dancer 2013
Bone Fairy: Wick Dancer 2013
Bone Fairy Trapeze 2013
But once freed the Wild Woman cannot be tamed, and my poppets have a darker element. The Bone Fairies and Djinn are creatures of ancient Celtic lore, and pre Islamic myth, and bear no resemblance to the diminutive Victorian version that dwells at the bottom of the garden.
Trooping Bone Fairies 2013
Bone Djinn 2013
Bone Djinn 2013
I start each poppet from the bones up, selecting each one according to the creature I am to make. Some poppets spring fully formed into my head, and demand that I conjure up their bodies straight away, others creep up on me. While I’m making them my dreams are filled with spirits and bones, and my house is permeated with the scent of beeswax.
I’m currently working on a series of poppets depicting the seven deadly sins, the first of which--The Seven Deadlies--Luxuria—is on display at Cobweb Designs. Each poppet has her accompanying demons, and are proving to be a lot of fun to make. I’m also working on more Hexen, having already produced the archetypes the Seer, and Raising the Serpent, and the Hedge Rider.
The Seven Deadlies--Luxuria 2014
Tasmanian wax sculptor, photomedia artist and writer.