What is going to happen?
Stranger than a Wolf is projected as a worldwide exhibition to be shown in galleries, educational institutions and medical centres, that will demonstrate the artistic creation of the human head. The aim is to create the exhibition in three parts. First, the sculpture - in process from the start as a series of photographic images - and the completed sculpted bust. Second, a professional film documentary of the entire working process, the discoveries and the skill used step by step to create this unique work of art. And third, the published book Stranger than a Wolf - a hands on working manual as well as a beautiful publication, designed specifically for art students and forensic enthusiasts.
Heather Spears and Elly Scheepens are professional artists and have been working on Stranger than a Wolf, concept and realization, for several years - Heather teaching and writing, and Elly sculpting and as well, recently teaching the method herself. Now after long research and practice they are ready to take on the task of 'achieving' their masterpiece. Elly is travelling from Canada to Heather's studio in Denmark this autumn, and will be joined from Hungary by Elly's son, Isaac Carter, and his partner, Orsolya Benkóczi, who currently run a successful production company (ICandyFilms.com) specializing in artist videos. Partaking in every step, these two will document and immortalize the process of creation in a film to be seen studied and enjoyed by a wide audience.
Canadian writer and artist Heather Spears was educated at the University of British Columbia, The Vancouver School of Art and the University of Copenhagen. She has lived in Denmark since 1962. She has held over 80 solo exhibitions and published 13 collections of poetry, 4 novels and a new book about drawing and the brain - The Creative Eye, 2012. She has illustrated numerous books and articles; and also draws courtroom, dance, theatre and childbirth. Specializing in drawing children, in particular premature and other threatened infants, she travels widely and has drawn in hospitals in the Middle East, Europe and America. Her awards include The Governor General's award for her poetry.
Sculptor Elly Scheepens
Dutch Ceramist Elly Scheepens has lived in Canada for coming on 30 years and has successfully pursued a career in both Sculpture and Pottery. After art studies in Holland she attended the Alberta College of Art and is now teaching at schools across British Columbia. Elly is a success story for her trade having recovering from a traumatic house fire in her 20's that left her body 60% scarred. Today she lives a humble life in the beautiful interior of British Columbia where she teaches, exhibits, and creates. She is an active member of the community and promotes arts to the younger generations.
The son of Elly Scheepens, Isaac Carter is a professional Filmmaker from Canada with a Diploma of Film Production from the Vancouver Film School. Since leaving school he has sought out artists across Europe and North America to help them in online promotion, and the documentation of their crafts. Fearing that traditional arts are now in a decline, Isaac fights tooth and nail to help artists get the audience they deserve through social media and online marketing. He currently lives in Budapest Hungary.
Orsolya Babett Benkóczi
After joining ICandyFilms in 2012 Orsolya Benkóczi quickly became the social media manager and European Producer for the small production company. Orsi has a keen interest in the artistic community, and is a vital part of the promotion of this exhibition. She is also acts as an assistant towards the filmmaking process and her medical background will be consulted in the project.
Risks and challenges
Working with two renowned and skilled artists makes us aware that this project is first and foremost an art exhibition to be shown in galleries around the world. Our challenge with this film is to do justice to such a serious and extensive work, and to promote it in a way that encourages art, medical and anthropological enthusiasts to see the work in person.
After the film documentary is funded and created, the promotional project starts and, through our backers, we already have a community to help us share this amazing work with audiences worldwide.
The biggest risk is that this is a multi-continent project and that without the adequate funding for promotion it will not reach the audience it is intended for. We are confident that the work itself will be worthy of the best galleries, but we need to stand out from the crowd and this is where the three stages of the exhibition come to life as a contemporary multi-media event.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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