Ashes to Ashes

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ashes-to-ashes

This piece is made in a late grandfather’s violin (thank you Jeanne and luthier Susan Hopkins for helping me get it/open). This is in the current show at the Smith Healing Gallery in DC – details here. Without saying too much, I love string instruments that have f-holes. This particular violin echoes a coffin, and the figure of Pierrot is trying to make his way to the Land of the Dead. He is constrained by gold thread, held by clergy-like figures. He is also being pulled onward by silver thread, and is trapped between two worlds. I wonder about famous souls who were idolized during their lives (David Bowie, for example), and how the mass grief of a society might effect a transition to, say, the Land of the Dead.

Camera Test

layersFurther exploring stop motion, I made the following test, which is a reprise of an older Flash animation experiment.  This time, I moved all the layers by hand. The whole thing took a long Sunday afternoon, which entailed making the scene, boat and actor, exploring lighting and camera settings and then putting this together. Again, it’s just a test but shows great potential.

I am going to tell you the full story next.

The Graveyard Bowl

So…after many years since experimenting with clay (which, I was truly experimenting with, not having any training), I was lucky enough to have brief access to a kiln. This was my first attempt at making bowls in, again, mucho years.

Bones-1 Bones-3 Bones-RIP bones-devil Bones-4

Boo.

 

Sixteen Skeletons

It’s a big day in the Land of the Dead. There’s a record release party at a favorite coffee shop, and it’s also Friday the 13th. It’s also my favorite 16 year old’s birthday. So, there are 16 skeletons.

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(the skeletons outside)

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Happy Sixteenth Birthday, my dear Chloe. I am so proud of you – I love you so very much.