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He's different from my other creations in that he's not a stuffed plush doll - he's completely hard and solid. The fabric covering his body is attached over a hard form, and the arms (still bendable at the elbow) are thickly wrapped wire, with hard clay hands.
All of the materials used on his exterior are natural - black linen, natural wool yarn (straight from a Navajo Churro sheep in Washington state!), the ruffles were made from cuttings from a vintage pair of men's wool dress pants, and waxed cotton thread. Oh, and he has some "ear tufts" and a back patch of black rabbit fur from an old fur coat. That red stone on his forehead is carnelian.
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I'm really interested in seeing how differently all the artists in the show interpret this character. I wanted him to look like a three dimensional "icon" of sorts (hence the star halo) - almost like a token image of some mysterious dark god. Not as a malicious force, but simply as a passionless, immortal being.
The opening reception will be at Gallery 1988 on Melrose on Friday, March 11. If you're in the Los Angeles area, this will be a great show opening, and most likely a crowded one, with tons of energy. There is an amazing list of talent (100+ artists in all) included in the show, and I'm pretty excited that I actually get to be out there and see all the pieces in person.