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!
Three weeks until MF Gallery’s Toy Show! If you’re in the area, stop by and take a gander (and perhaps purchase a toy or two)! Several of my creations will be in attendance, waiting to go home with someone who understands them….
From MF’s site:
“For the eighth year in a row, MF Gallery proudly presents a Holiday Season Art Show of hand-made Designer Toys. The pieces in this show are produced in very limited quantities by some of today’s top Underground Artists. Each item is a one-of-a-kind work of art, making them highly sought after collectibles.
These toys make great unique gifts, because no two are exactly alike! Most of the items in this show are priced between $10 and $100, making them affordable to all collectors. Not sure what to buy for that friend of yours who has everything? Want to get yourself something extra special this Holiday Season? Why not pick up a collectable Art Toy from The 2010 MF Toys Show??
This year’s show includes pieces by: MF Toys, Jennybird Alcantara, Christine Benjamin, Sheri Debow, Jacqui Gallant, Heather Gargon, Jenny Harada, Moses Jaen, Drew Maillard, Matt Maguire, Bianca Panzram, Julie Pinzur, Carisa Swenson & Many More!
The Opening Party, will be on Saturday November 20, from seven to ten PM. Most of the artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served. The party will be a “Cash & Carry” event, meaning that buyers will be able to take their new toys home with them upon purchase! Admission is free and open to all ages.
The 2010 MF Toys Show will be open by appointment only until Thursday December 23rd. Call: (917)446-8681 or email: info@MFgallery.net for an appointment. The toys in the show can also be viewed and purchased online at: http://www.MFgallery.net and can be shipped anywhere in the world in time for Christmas!”
Most of my time in the past month and a half has been devoted to creating several new dolls for the upcoming “Evil Bunny” show, opening June 12 in LA, at the Land of Odd Gallery. As of June 3, they were completed, photographed (by good friend, and talented photographer, Stephen Harrison), and shipped off, ready for their installation! Of course, once I complete a project, I tend to become anxious to work on something new right away, and one event fast approaching is the Art Dolls Only 2nd Annual challenge open to all artists. Last year’s theme was the four elements, for which I created this guy. This year’s theme is “Wonderland”, based on, you guessed it—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Also on the horizon is a collaborative project with the extremely gifted sculptor, King Unicorn. This promises to be a most intriguing project, involving the creatures that prowl through dreams and nightmares, and I am quite excited to be involved in a project with an artist of such high-caliber. More to come on this venture…
And now, for your viewing pleasure, the new bunnies:
Beginning June 12, my work, along with three other talented artists, will be inhabiting one of two rooms at The Land of Odd Gallery located in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition is devoted exclusively to bunnies of a rather mischievous and devious nature— man-eating, subversive lagomorphs promise to both delight and disturb. My new dolls will be keeping company with those of renowned doll artist Sheri Debow, and paintings from artists Missy Feigum and Jinx will adorn the walls. Alas, I will be unable to attend the opening, but if you’re in the Los Angeles area be sure to stop by, say hello to my creatures, and enjoy the show!
Some work in progress pics:
After years of submitting my illustrations to Spectrum (an annually published, juried showcase of fantastical art, featuring digital, traditional and dimensional works) and not passing muster, my love and enjoyment of creating dolls seems to have been rewarded….”Brother’s Keeper” (aka Evil Bunny) will be published in Spectrum 17, due out this fall! Huzzah! This is also a win for my friend, and photographer, Steve Harrison, who will work with me until everything is just right, keeping both his patience and sense of humor throughout all my doll photo sessions.
BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?
JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
(Taken from The Joseph Campbell Foundation website)
As of November 1st, the Insterstitial Arts Foundation auction is now up and running. Throughout November and part of December, a new piece will go up every day, and each auction runs for 7 days.
My piece, “The Animometer” will be keeping good company with other mixed media pieces, dolls (an example being the beautiful doll pictured above, by C. Jane Washburn, based on the “The Child Empress of Mars”), collage art and jewelry, all from very talented and inspiring artists.
To view pieces up for auction, and to bid on site, go to: http://iafauctions.com/