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Lavinia and the Nesting Box

Posted in Puppets, sculpture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2013 by galen djuna
Nesting Box

Nesting Box

I will have eight pieces being shown at Yuta Powell Salon on Madison Avenue for the next week. Here are pictures of a few of them.

Lavinia

Lavinia

Years ago I saw the Julie Taymor movie Titus, and went into a delicious state of sensory overload. In particular, one gory image has stuck with me; that of the character, Lavinia, perched pitifully in a swamp. Her hands have been chopped off, and in their place are two little bundles of sticks.

 Lavinia side
I’ve drawn similar images a number of times, but the sculpture is new.

Jaw Bone

Here is a row of creatures on a very beautiful table. There seems to be a theme of armlessness that I wasn’t entirely aware of before I laid them out at home, preparing to pack them up. Only one of the eight has arms and hands attached. I’m going to try not to over analyze this.

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This is me, arms and all, before the opening.

I’ve been busy working on new pieces and projects and must post more soon.

More Twinsies

Posted in Knitty Titties, Puppets with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2012 by galen djuna

Macavity, but not from the musical

Posted in Puppets with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2012 by galen djuna

I really hate musicals, I have to say, and I find Cats to be particularly loathsome just based on the look of the costumes and makeup. So, I was rather nonplussed when someone assumed that this new puppet (made for the afore mentioned doll show) was based on a character from the broadway show. I thought about telling them that when you assume you make an ASS of U and ME, but that joke rarely seems to go over really well these days. Maybe it’s my delivery.

Anyway, the theme of the doll show was characters from children’s fiction and Alice was the first to pop into my head, but this criminal feline was only moments behind. Here’s an excerpt from the T.S. Eliot poem Macavity, the Mystery Cat:

Macavity’s a ginger cat, he’s very tall and thin;
You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly doomed;
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;
And when you think he’s half asleep, he’s always wide awake.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
For he’s a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.

A wonderful Edward Gorey illustration of Macavity, from T.S.Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”

 

 

Alice, Serpent

Posted in Puppets with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by galen djuna

I made two pieces for a local doll show that opened this past weekend. The theme was characters from children’s fiction, so naturally I had to make an Alice. One of my favorite parts of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is when her neck has grown so long that she loses sight of her shoulders and hands and an angry, nesting bird accuses her of being a serpent. 

She looks kind of like Daryl Hannah, no?                                                                           I found it particularly satisfying to make this dress out of a kerchief-sized piece of fabric that I had been saving for years for just such an outfit.

 And this is Hans, the miniature dachshund who toppled her over in the grass.

An illustration by my favorite author, Mervyn Peake, writer of the Gormenghast books.

Faster, Tura! Kill! Kill!

Posted in Knitty Titties, Puppets with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by galen djuna

This is the third finger puppet I’ve made of my most beloved B movie star, the magnificent miss Satana.  This Astro Zombies version of Tura is my favorite thus far. I amused myself photographing her with a little plastic gun (a gift from one of Tom’s action figures), and a tiny cigarette made of string.

As I finished her up last night, while only half watching Astro Zombies, I remembered that I did a painting of Tura, 14 or 15 years ago in a high school art class, based on this poster:

And I’m pretty sure it was painted on velvet. I had the greatest high school art teacher.

The puppet’s top is, of course, removable.

Now go watch the movie trailer   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-90EW2Om4t0  You will die a thousand deaths! Hahaha!

Inspiration and it’s result

Posted in Puppets with tags , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by galen djuna

Much of my vacation in Vienna last month was spent in museums. Extremely glorious museums. I was particularly pleased to find a small exhibition of Odilon Redon’s peculiar pictures at the Albertina. The Crying Spider is a drawing that I’ve always admired. It’s so odd and funny and also soulful.

I think it was the day before that I had found this six legged bit of brass at a flea market. Out of that, I built my own baleful spider, an ode to Odilon.

The spider puppet, shortly before coming out of the oven, sitting patiently in her baking dish craft.

Newly painted and adorned.

I took some vanity shots.

As seen from below.

 The spider afloat.

At the Albertina Museum, Vienna. ‘The Crying Spider’, Odilon Redon, 1881

Finger Puppet Vacation, Vienna 2012

Posted in Knitty Titties, Puppets with tags , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by galen djuna

I thought I was going to get so much crocheting done while traveling last month. It did not come to pass.

I also had plans to photograph these little ladies in a number of locations. But after taking them sightseeing in Vienna, they spent the rest of the trip in a bag, forgotten in a hotel room. Oh well. At least there’re a teensy bit more worldly now.

Swanback ride

Griffin or Hippogriff?

Whichever it is, it’s a fearsome beast.

A vacation without a drag queen is just a drag.