This composition was put together exclusively for a photograph. These accessories belong to me and will not be included in the auction. The idea came to me spontaneously while shooting the lovely nude Salome. When I momentarily looked away from the camera to stretch my back, my eyesight slid distractedly across some loose doll heads on my desk and then instantly shot back to them, this time focused and alert, as a light bulb went off in my head. I thought: “Ah, but of course. So obvious!”
The lantern crown is the third installment in my ongoing Light Series. I made it as an experiment 2 months ago but didn’t have time to make a doll to wear it, so it sat in the drawer as if it was waiting for Salome. I think it works really well aesthetically and contextually, because for all we know, real Salome could have actually performed the traditional Middle Eastern Candelabra dance for King Herod.
It is a very heavy piece, borderline hazardous to the doll unless its center of gravity is perfectly balanced and that’s why it’s staying in my collection. Having said this, if somebody were just dying to have this piece for their doll to wear on display, I might be able to replicate it again.
Salome’s tears were made for the photograph with quick drying jewelery glue. I dripped it on her face and then flaked it off after the shoot. It doesn’t bond permanently to porcelain. I’m not sure why I made her cry. Felt right. So did putting electrical wires into the severed (originally John the Baptist’s ) head. Make of it whatever you will.
Perhaps my Salome is a specter of the past and the future both, as the history always repeats itself.
Well, there you go folks. The auction starts tomorrow afternoon. See ya there.