Power Figures are small sculptural studies in honor of African, tribal fetishes, Chinese dragons and other spirited cultural symbols. Inspired both by the words and work of Francis Bacon as well as my time living with the Chinese this past fall, these Power Figures are designed to “…seek to touch more closely on reality, a process of exploration based on instinct… A form of working dream.”
These works begin with stuffed toys as depositories of emotions for young and old, which are deconstructed and reassembled as faceless figures full of expression. Invocations of power provoked by obsessive stitching with a needle and thread. Protective objects that conjure a perceptive experience rather than the limitation of visual appearances.
5 x 4.5 x 3 inches; deconstructed stuffed toy, embroidery,
needlefelting, wool and mixed fibers
5.5 x 3 x 4 inches; deconstructed stuffed toy, embroidery,
needlefelting, wool, steel wool, found threads
6 x 4 x 5.5 inches; Victoria Secret Dog,
wool, steel wool and string