Influenced by Mike Stone’s Book Lemon Man. I intended to make a body cast to pour gold latex into to create my ‘angel’s’ skin. My initial interest was to make a skin that doesn’t highlight genitalia such as nipples, by using clingfilm before casting. I hoped that this would create a body foreign to what we recognise as sexual organs. However the mod roc didn’t fix as well as I’d hoped and I also applied to much plaster.
Nothing’s ever learnt without making mistakes
I used more mod roc this time and no cling firm.
Hanging the body casts to dry. Testing out the moulds as objects in the space.
Sally (temp name) has just dried I made her from plaster, her eyes have been painted black in reference to a principality /’angel’ for the upcoming video. Although I believe these angels are represented of having gold or white eyes, I have chosen black as I’d like to think there is space for a creature that lives in the in-between of good and evil. Not sure I should have painted her skin white though. By taking images it provides me with an idea of what perspectives I could use, during video. And provides a clearer idea of how each scene and location can be manipulated. I have visited the ‘wasteland’ for the past two days and have found many objects. That can be tweaked and added to, then placed back in there ‘original’ settings to add an alien presence. Some of these objects already have the potential for unresting imagery and presence , they just need to be found then replaced in other enviroments.
I found the dog (remains of a churchill dog) on day 2 but left the body in the waste lands so that I could come back to it. I found the the further away shot of the mix matched creature worked better then the close-up, as it created a sense of a non belonging foreign object, which is lost on the close-up. However when filming with a Nikon camera I am able to create that sense with focus on a close-up area of Sally-Dog. Starting with a blur then focus. Which has provided me with the idea of the eye being a portal for the following scene.
The hair not being firmly on the head would of definitely had an affect on how we view the mix matched doll, the hair in the first image made the doll look weird as one could tell that the hair was human, in the latest pic it had slipped and was damned by the rain, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the texture added a sense of environment but as for the hair, sally will have to be given a hair re-vamp to regain the sense of human hair. The close up also doesn’t work as well, the doll should be fit into the environment as an unnerving find, or some-‘thing’ that jolts the image.