Charon, the ferryman, helps those, known as “them,” cross the Dead Sea to reach the Land of the Dead, their final reward. I’ve been wanting to do a shadowbox type diorama for a long time. This will be in an upcoming show in the city of Greenbelt. The frame is 10″ x 10″.
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.
Further 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.