Hello Twig Family, This afternoon I am working on what I have dubbed the "ribcage study". I can't remember if I have spoken of this before but...there is an interesting thing happening here with this ribcage thing.
If you remember this is the first ribcage I carved from foam(many months ago)
Here is the second ribcage(also many months ago)
And here is the third ribcage(the big block of foam).....I worked on this fairly recently and it is at this point that it appeared I was doing a study of ribcage movement and 'breath'. I have always wondered why an artist would do multiple studies of one piece or a single subject. I am just beginning to understand the value of this. To call it a "study" is freeing. When I sit down in front of this big piece of foam...I now experience a playfulness instead of caution. It releases me from the crippling ideology of perfectionism.
It is opening me to an undefined path. I have had no idea why the ribcage was compelling me or where it is going. But something cool is happening.
I wanted to play more too with a collar bone
I can already tell here that the movement is going to be really nice. This foam is much softer than the first two ribcages- feels exciting!
SEE Video at bottom to watch how this third ribcage breaths!
Ok back to Fortner Upholstery in Columbus and their "waste bin" for some more free foam!
Glueing foam chunks together.
4th ribcage is going to be even bigger!
Playing with asymmetry
Will post more photos as it takes shape.
So, you may be wondering....is this part of the Shaman Puppet???? Last week I might have said "NO! this is some other puppet!" (That I happen to be working on while the Shaman puppet once again sits on the back shelf due to owner /operator frustration.) When it occurred to me that the creative process may have done sneaked up on me when I wasn't looking and began taking its own direction with the Shaman Puppet.....WTH!!!
I been blindsided. The way this ribcage thing has been unfolding (the vision of it and imagery that I have been dreaming) I must admit, is very very close to the Shaman Puppet. Yesterday I considered seriously that this ribcage thing IS the Shaman Puppet. Kinda scared me....I was like " No, this isn't what I told everyone I was making...this isn't really what I had in mind!!!" and yet....it has retained almost all the qualities of the Shaman Puppet. I am very excited at the covert nature of the creative process!! ....needed (possibly) to sidestep minds' analytical scrutiny.
it has taken a long time to trust a flow with this work. I have been impatient and frustrated with the process so much these last few months. It feels like I have discovered a new creative level with myself...I so want to go deep with this process. I'm discovering the first step is to PLAY. Maybe that's the only step! How much can I surrender to this play?
So, I don't want to share too much of the vision of it coming together....just more mind talk. I would rather reveal it to you as it materializes.
For now, check out the breathing ribcage!
love and love, Heidi