Progress on the wax model
So, after all that hard work trying to guess the purpose of this object, I suppose I should tell you what it is already. All the guesses, with the exception of a pony, were pretty accurate and relevant.
It was kind of a trick question though, because I designed this piece with multiple functions in mind and can make it into many things that were called: it can be a fancy stool or an armchair leg, a throne pillar or a bench, a stand for a doll case, a column for a doorway arch or a frame for a Gothic window, a post for a canopy bed and a mirror frame….heck, I’m pretty sure I can even make it into a pony.Â I declare everyone a winner!
However, the guess about it being a “fancy grave statue/ funeral monument“, was closer to the primary function of this piece than the rest.
You see, I’m making a new coffin for a new Snow White doll! I’m aiming for a very Gothic aesthetic, with lots of spires and ornamental bronze framework, embellishing and encasing a glass chamber. If it works the way I envision it, it will be spectacular.Â A worthy vessel for an Enchanted Doll. This one pillar is just the beginning of the project. I will try to finish the legs to have it displayed in my Vancouver show, but I don’t know if everything will work out as planned. Tomorrow I will find out if molding and wax injections have worked out. If they haven’t, well, that’s very bad.
The longing to make a much more beautiful glass coffin has been tugging at me ever since I finished the first one in 2006 and realized I could do much better. During my trips to Europe, I visited countless cathedrals and always go down to their underground treasuries and tombs for research. The things that I love to admire the mostÂ are exquisite glass and precious metal, holy relic holders. They are truly spectacular and intricate little things that heavily inspire this coffin project. These are just some of the relic holders I’ve come across and by far not the craziest ones. I believe they are from Florence.
Although these are incredible, my favorite relic holders are those done in a Gothic architectural style, with tiny spires and windows and aches made toÂ look like they are miniature cathedrals themselves. Like these:
This is kind of what I dream of making.
I find Gothic architecture to be crazy beautiful and ultimately want to have a glass coffin that resembles it and could belong in an ancient treasury, along with other precious relics. Except instead of some dead guy’s dry bones or shriveled up internal organs or something equally gross, there will be a beautiful, porcelain doll sleeping inside.
My plan is to have it completed by my Berlin solo show. I hope to succeed.
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