Part of my statement which I'm still working on.
These are my dreams, these are my fantasies. Everything I make is an expansion on my own internal fantasy landscape.
This small 2x2' square happens to be about the thought and my imaginings which came to me while working in the toy store. What would happen if these childrens toys would begin to rise from the grave? Possessed by some unholy craft, with an insatiable ghoulish need to feed? What type of depraved scene of cute devastation would we be privy to?
This is for my 3rd year sculpture course, and is our second project into the course for a gallery showing, which I'm pretty excited about. We're pretty much left to our own devices, and it's all self motivation for what we make and why. http://www.calicocritters.com/
(actual calico critters website, if you're not familiar with the toys)
Continuation on what I want to work into the rest of my statement: I want to expand on the personal landscape thing, and then go on about my own comments and feelings towards consumer culture, as this was the other part of my idea for making this. What I feel is the inherent sickness of trying to instill brand loyalty/recignition onto children as young as these toys are meant for. Which is around 4 year old girls and up. These things are fairly pricey for being small felt covered plastic figures, and I would guess this would have been roughly $40-60 or so, if I hadn't been given throw-away display table extras.
It's not so much a comment on the product in particular, just the culture around that sort of thing. I also want to articulate myself so it's not just HURR CAPITALISM BAD. So I'm still working on the rest of the statement.
om nom nom (probably my favourite scene I came up with for this, there's something extra disturbing to me about the little guy munching on the torn up leg)
There's going to be a red light inside that house for a hellish glow, also to illuminate the torso that's torn apart on the bed inside, and the thrown around furniture inside.
Another thing I decided to add after/while taking these photos were cut-up plastic bits to the windows as broken glass, to give the impression there was a struggle of sorts leading up to the mess inside the house. I also wanted a way to draw people in to look through the windows, rather than just lifting the roof off (which they will still be able to do I suppose). But I thought adding a few extra touches plus lighting inside the house might (hopefully) invite people to peer inside to see why it's glowing red.
So, thoughts or suggestions on refining the execution or concept?
Anyways I wasn't sure if another thread is worthwhile, but I notice this forum is very centered around 2d art, and I thought some 3d might be interesting. Don't get me wrong, 2d is great, my primary thing is drawing and my newly acquired love for painting (badly). As a side note, you can see the very base of my friends wooden sculpture. It's this thin, rickety roman dirge looking sort of thing, which is motorised with flailing wooden arms which make drawings
. Watching the thing sway and creak away eerily with the oddly staggered hits of its pencil on the paper is just amazing. I'll ask if he's cool with pictures or videos being taken, because it is definately worth seeing I think.
Edit: Added the red light because that was bothering me so much. The red bleeds out of the houses cracks a bit more irl, but this is about as close to the actual colour as I could manage. Holding still at 1/15th f5 iso1600 was tough :\
To show what I mean with the broken glass.
Yeah I kept trying to lighten up the ground to make it show better, but I was afraid it would all start to look bright and overly happy, and I thought the ground had a serious potential for distracting away from the zombies and trees. Same reason I kept the house sullen and dark, I wanted to keep (or instill) a sort of sullen mood, and make the light inside the house the point which draws you in to look closely through the windows. Variety in shades I can see though...which I guess is entirely different from light, haha. Yeah, I'll keep that in mind for my next project.