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....
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.
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.
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.