closing out the year with a glimpse of some work coming in 2017.
Building these images has been interesting, because I don’t know exactly where they are going. There’ll be in instigating idea - for the series this is from the model mentioned to me once that she wanted to do a shoot with horns sometime.
Years ago I had made some costumes out of an improvised tissue paper and elmer’s glue paper mache, so I tried something similar here. First I drew a sketch (the second picture in this post) to get an idea what to make. There wasn’t enough time to get as detailed or realistic as I’d have liked, and the sort of quick and dirty paper mache sculpture is just a rough material. I built a quick frame out of wire, covered it with thin wire mesh, covered that with glue soaked tissue paper and then built on top of that with ridges of hot glue. When it was all dry I painted it. It looked fine as a headdress, so we went with it like that.
There was no time to figure out a tail.
The rest was dressed out of things easily come by. An old plastic replica skull I made for a very long ago video shoot, roses and plants I had out drying from a previous shoot, some damask cloth kept around because it’s lovely.
I had started working with flashes instead of constant light so took this as a setup to light like that. Experimented moving lights around and swappling different gels.
We got a decent amount of good material from this. Photos, video, 3D imagery.
After the fact I’ve been working out what this is. Why is it? It feels mythological. So we’ll let it be a myth. Something to do with the underworld, and a girl. Something related to persephone. But a secret to the side of that story. A mystery rite.
There will be more to this story next year, if the world holds together.
Happy New Year