Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Angel Of Death or The Bone Collector

Awhile ago, the talented Jen Worden from Travelogue Of An Artistic Mind, (in my links) posted her Fem Bots. They fascinated me and I kept going back to look at them over and over. So i decided to try my hand at her technique. I got a barbie doll knock off from Hobby Lobby. I scalped her and took off her legs. Then I wired her hands together. Then I started covering her with plaster bandage like you would use to make a cast. Then I brought the bandage down to form a skirt. I gave her an underskirt made from window screen.

I painted her metallic black. I gave her a headress of micro beads. Her wongs are from Wild Turkey and Peacock feathers. I had some small skulls that were not in good enough condition for me to paint, and some small bones left over from 'The Guardian' so I beaded and strung them.

Everything is hooked together with fishing line swivels, so it all moves independently.

Thank you Jen for the inspiration.


Jen said...

Totally Cool Mary! I've been toying with the idea of a bone mobile for months now. You've done it with aplomb. Kudos!

Mar said...

Fascinating!! I never would have come up this...TOTALLY cool!

Val Foster said...

Oh my, Mary. Everytime I see your new art, it only reinforces for me how innovate and avant garde you really are! You think more outside of the box than any artist I know. I so admire that about you and your art.

This piece is spectacular, and I totally love it, as I do with all of your art. What you create always amazes me, and this piece is no exception. What you did with the doll is great, and using the bones in the mobile is inspiring.

I'm not a collector of bones, I don't know how or where to collect them, other than turkey neck bones. However, before I got into altered art, I saved and bleached some turkey neck bones, and made a necklace out of them. I painted it with acrylic paints, and wore it a few times, and got a lot of compliments on it.

I don't know personally of anyone else who's made and worn a turkey bone neckless. I haven't worn it in years, but maybe I should again. I would be happy to collect and use bones in my art, if I had the opportunity.

You go girl, with your outside of the box art. I love it and am always inpired by it.

Kim said...

Very, very cool Mary! Love it!

Christie said...

This is very cool. Right down my alley.

Gaby Bee said...

This creation is really cool. Love it!
Happy Easter to you and yours!
Gaby xo