Woodlands Exhibition - The making of the Witches


In May I was invited by the Incube8r Gallery in Fitzroy to be a part of their upcoming 'Woodlands' themed group show. I have spent the last couple of months working on two Witch art dolls and a sculpted tree filled with ‘tiny wonders’

Concepts

I had first encountered the wild witch in 2015 during a visionary experience at a cacao ceremony – I wrote in my journal

“Cacao is faerie nectar, the Wild Witch, she has stories to tell you, she is wild, sensual, mossy and alive. Roots, bark, wild hair, mushrooms and mossy skin. She is both seductive and scary. She wears a beautiful collage textile outfit, like a gypsy woman.”

Two drawings follow. One was my first concept scribble of the Wild Witch, as I drew her she began to evolve. At first meeting I thought she was gathering moss and mushrooms from the forest but now I realise that she is the moss and mushrooms, that she is the forest magik.


Initial sketch

The second sketch is away to showcase the miniature sculptures or 'Tiny Wonders' i like to create. I decided on a central larger tree type base to hang everyone upon and around.


Creation

I started off with three different armatures. For these sculptures i was working with new clays, techniques and materials so i thought that if I made a few different witches if one of the materials didnt work out so well i would have back ups.




The main tree sculpt was made with simple paper mache around a cardboard cylinder so fairy lights could be rigged up, the trees face was sculpted in paper clay and fallen sticks from the garden were attached with paper clay and more mache.