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Saturday, October 25, 2008

I Will Wash My Hands Among The Innocent

This is an original art doll and shadowbox collage by me.

The bat man came to me after a nightmare. I woke up in a terror, and I had been working on this art doll's face. I had the idea to make him into a batman because bats are so sweet and innocent, yet so misunderstood by humanity.

How I made the art doll:

I sculpted the face and torso first with polymer clay, using glass eyes. I thought for days about what to make him into. His face has a sweetness and an innocent look. I considered a monk, I settled on a bat.I first researched the body structure of a bat. I sculpted the bone structure of the wings and added them to his torso. I decided to use liquid sculpey for the wings. They were a challenge and I baked them no less than a dozen times to get them the consistency I desired. Now they are elastic and membrane-like, very cool. I sculpted each tiny claw and got a wonderful bat claw effect. I collaged in pieces from my 1914 prayer book after digitally creating a spiral effect. I chose the title because that is the quote under the bat's left wing.

The shadowbox is 9"x11" The bat art doll has a 7" wingspan. See more pics on Flickr:


Rose Works Jewelry said...

Wow -that's pretty creepy looking! Good job :)

BeadedTail said...

Incredible work!

storybeader said...

looks like a lot of thought and time went into your shadowbox. Great job!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

Wow, thats amazing!

Tanna said...

Hi Waxela, just browsing your blog. I love all the art you make. I'm a huge fan of the sock monkeys and Dia de Los Muertos themed art. Keep on trucking!

And by the way, my whole family thought you looked beautiful when we saw you two weeks ago. We look forward to hearing about the birth!

Best Wishes,
Tanna, Robert, and Alistair