For your enjoyment, a mash-up of Dia de los Muertos and Easter (well, more like Eostre, the pagan holiday which celebrated renewal and fertility). A bit of sex and death—just in cuddly and fuzzy form. To see the other wonderful dolls created for this swap, be sure to check out Zan Asha’s blog, Vagabond Creations! I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my swap partner’s bunny girl. Thanks, Zan and Jacqui!
who looks inside, awakes. —Carl Jung
Despite my infrequent visits to Twitter, I have managed to connect with and befriend numerous visionary artists of all mediums. One such artist is EC Steiner, aka King Unicorn. Illustrator, sculptor and writer, King Unicorn’s work is not only technically stunning, but invites study with each piece’s copious amount of detail imbued into the surface. Evocative of Lovecraft, King Unicorn creations awaken your sense of wonder as well as a desire to understand the mythos behind each creature creation.
When King Unicorn approached me earlier this year about a possible collaboration, I unhesitatingly agreed. Concepts were passed back and forth until we hit upon that most fertile playground for artists—dreams and nightmares. What if we shared descriptions of the numerous denizens that wander, shuffle and glide through our dreamscapes? Taken further, what if we actualized each other’s dream inhabitants in our own individual style? The idea of seeing one of my dream-creatures interpreted within a King Unicorn context as well as the opportunity to breach my comfort zone and create more than just aberrant bunnies was too much to resist.
While there are no hard and fast deadlines for each piece, we hope to present the first in a series of creations for Ars Somnium in the deepest of winter 2010, or as an introduction to 2011.
Be sure to visit the King Unicorn gallery, here.
My latest creation is for another wonderful swap organized and hosted by Zan Asha, this time with a holiday theme. Quite a fun concept, especially when you decide to do a mash-up of two! Check back on the 10th for the reveal….
Also keep your eye on this corner of the Internets for an announcement regarding a collaborative project between Golblinfruit Studio and King Unicorn—gifted sculptor of all things dark and deadly….
MF’s opening night of the Toy Show was quite a success, drawing a full house and lasting well past 11pm. Not only did several of my pieces sell, but I was lucky enough to meet many of the kick-ass doll artists featured in the toy show that I have only known through Facebook, blogs or magazines. Sheri Debow, JennyBird Alcantara and Christine Benjamin traveled to the East Coast from California, along with Canada resident Jacqui Gallant in order to attend opening night. I was also quite happy to finally meet Zan Asha—doll artist (who organizes some of the best doll swaps, ever), bee keeper and dancer as well as NYC resident, Dani Nelson and Marie Patterson, all who came out to view the dolls on display and show support. What a treat to finally meet such talented, wonderfully warm and fun ladies. Truly a much-needed inspiring evening! A big thank-you to Martina and Frank for all their hard work, and allowing me to participate!
Many pieces are still for sale , including two Goblinfruit Studio dolls–Edgar, and The Dormouse. If interested, email MF gallery at info(at)mfgallery.net