Movember and the Wolf

I have spent a good few hours here and there trying to create the perfect for Ruby wolf fur, and so I empathise with all those two legged creatures out there who are attempting to grow their own. Here are some images of a few attempts of late to create Ruby’s Wolf persona.

The first one is kind of cute and scary and wild thing, but maybe too gonky…  I worked out that it was because the nose fur is too long… needs to be more close cropped.

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The knitted texture I think works well, it is important to my work to have the element of craft within the Ruby/wolf/animus persona. The following is a quote from an interview by Christine Kuan with artist Kiki Smith. It illustrates my own reasons for wanting to have an aspect of craft or woman’s work.

CK: Speaking of the ‘burden of history’, some your work incorporates materials and processes that have traditionally been identified with women’s productions for example, embroidery, sewing, etc. Do these materials and processes still retain vestiges of the art/craft divide today, or is that a barrier that’’s been broken down?

KS: Oh, I still think it’s a barrier, but one can still have a playful attitude towards it and try to some extent to disempower and disassemble it. Maybe in one or two generations it won’t exist. Those things that are barriers can give you energy as much as they can thwart your ambitions.

 

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In the images below I changed the nose fur and played around with some of the different textures to try and create the Wolf like appearance, yet not totally wolf. This is animus, not just wolf, and I must remember that there are antlers to throw into the mix too. I need to experiment with the wolf mask and the antlers. The ears are still to be arranged!

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I think with ears this will definitely look much more like the wolf/animus mask I imagined in my earlier sketches.

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I like the bits that hang down at the sides, they give it a feel of the hunter and yet not being fur they subvert the traditional hunting to kill, and turn it into more of a creation process.

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This last photo below really gives me an idea of the way forward. I think I know just how to attach the fur on the back of the head now. Many thanks to my beautiful daughter and close companion Phoebe Rose Anastasia, for her modeling and understanding of  her crazy mother. Nothing I do is strange to my children, all weird behaviour has it’s own category, entitled: The sort of thing mummy would do.

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Quote sourced from: http://www.oxfordartonline.com/public/page/smithinter

Embracing the Beast

While walking in the woods around my property, looking for decent branches, I found some awesome ‘antlers’ in the form of fallen pine tree branches. I have been using antlers in my recent work to symbolise the beast in Red Riding Hood, her animus, if you like. I am aiming to present my work in a forest-like setting within the gallery, and these antlers would look great with my work, so I looked at them and thought about it and decided they needed to become a part of my exhibition, in the form of a trophy.

A trophy is generally something that is won through a sporting achievement of some kind, or a souvenir of a hunting expedition in the form of a stuffed animal head. My using a ‘trophy’ in my work will symbolise the achievement of Red Riding Hood, having faced her demons in the forest. There is also another motive for me; as a lifelong vegetarian and animal rights supporter, I deplore the practice of collecting dead bits of animals that have been killed. My trophy will not be dead, but it will represent rebirth and new life and the union of anima and animus within Red Riding Hood.

Watch this space… meanwhile, I like these:

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