Monday, 31 May 2010

Prints...



Spent the afternoon mounting and wrapping some of the "prints" I made from the 'Abyss Gazes...' series. Well I say prints because they'll be going in the browsers with the prints in Oriel Scala, but they're in fact spraypainted stencils [easier to just call them prints] they're in editions of Five, got a few done ready, complete with the 'My Name Is' stickers I got from Bench504 in Birmingham, why have a plain white label when you can have one that kind of talks to you [in a way]

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Whitney












Photo's of Whitney, Her head was tilted slightly when I found her in a charity shop in Machynlleth, she looked like she was either daydreaming or thinking really hard, I liked it so much I decided to stick with it...

Friday, 21 May 2010

Oriel Mostyn

Went to the re-opening of the Oriel Mostyn tonight, so pleased it's finally open again! Not only are the new exhibitions spaces amazing - and blended in perfectly with the existing spaces, but the work on display is pretty awesome too!! The video by Superflex of a flooded McDonald's been particularly thought provoking and eerily creepy [made me think of Noah's Ark and Sodom & Gomorrah] I also was extremely impressed with the "We Have The Mirrors, We Have The Plans" exhibition, such a wide spectrum of media and themes, its awesome to finally have somewhere with such variety and boldness on our doorstep again!!

If your in the area be sure to check it out:

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Summer




















Here are the finished photo's of "Summer", half skeleton and half muscle.

When I first started doing these dolls way back in the first year of the degree [nearly four years ago!] I cut the hair off completely on the dolls I painted, and when I started doing them again earlier this year I decided to try them with hair on the "normal" side and shaved on the skeleton side [like with "Brad"] which I think worked alot better, but with the female dolls I began to think that leaving the hair alone would give me more scope and also mean they don't all look the same and I guess it kind of gives them character - which I've tried to reflect also in the names, Its no secret I tend to use pop culture references in the majority of my titles so I thought I'd keep up the trend with the dolls...

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Summer in Progress





Some photos of one of the new dolls I'm working on, She's half Skeleton and half Muscle, and her name is "Summer".

Monday, 17 May 2010

Wrapped In Plastic....







Was stewarding in Oriel Scala today and took some dolls with me to work on. I usually just fling work into my bag and never give it a second thought but I'm becoming more and more paranoid of damaging the dolls - especially after what happened to "Marcia", so I wrapped these two up in loads of bubble wrap, so when I got to the gallery and took them out of my bag and placed them on the desk, I couldn't stop thinking about the scene in 'Twin Peaks' when they discover Laura Palmer's body wrapped in plastic on the beach...

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Marcia Marcia Marcia













I was working on "Marcia" alongside the Horses with the intention of it been ready for the next change over in Oriel Scala, however it didn't go quite to plan, I sold "Brad" from the gallery and needed to take in a replacement, so I quickly finished off "Marcia" and planned to take her in sooner as a replacement.
The night before I was due to take her in I decided it would be a great idea to experiment with the final varnish. The dolls are normally finished off with several layers of spray varnish [its actually tough car lacquer] that night I thought I'd see if I could knock back the glossiness of the spray varnish by coating her in a layer of matt varnish. It worked. BUT she became very very sticky/tacky, so I got up early the next morning to re-spray her thinking that in fact I could live with the glossiness after all. However the varnish's had some kind of reaction to each other and the whole thing blistered and started to peel.
So unfortunately "Marcia" is no longer with us. The paint flaked off in big patches and I threw her in the bin in a temper!
This meant I had to rush varnish "Spirit" to take in to replace "Brad". Thankfully I'd taken pictures of "Marcia" before the "accident"! I was majorly pissed off to be honest, mainly for my own foolishness, but also because Marcia [inspired by "Marcia Marcia Marcia" from the Brady Bunch fact-fans!] had become my favourite. Nevermind I've an important lesson, ignore whatever ideas pop into my head late at night while painting!!!