I'm delighted to share a new soft sculpture!
This mischievous serpent was created for a new exhibition, opening April 11 at Distinction Gallery:
The Nightmare in Wonderland Project
This show collects work from artists all across the globe, to celebrate the work of Tim Burton.
When creating a piece for a Tim Burton tribute show the initial burst of inspiration is almost overwhelming. In order to start working, I focused on a simple flow:
Surprise - Delight - Temptation - Horror
Tim Burtons' ability to charm in one breath and terrify in the next is one of the aspects I find most appealing in his films. While I was sketching out my initial ideas for this piece, I was inspired the most by Burton's 1982 film Hansel and Gretel.
Burton's Hansel and Gretel is a true nightmare - disturbing and yet completely engaging. Burton's formula for terror is drawn out through this familiar tale: a dreamlike surprise, which delights us and draws us in. Temptation follows, and we're lost in exploring something new, sweet, sticky… And then we're caught. And then the horror really begins.
Detail: heavy hand-beading glistens under the serpent's coils.
He seems to be oozing something saccharine, perhaps to lure you in closer… a little closer...
12" x 6" x 5"
Wool and wire, with beading details
Back is finished with cotton fabric and embroidered signature.
$450 - inquiries to Distinction Gallery
The Nightmare in Wonderland Project, Part II
Opening April 11 at Distinction Gallery