|Pre-sculpted wet felt|
When I conceived the idea I had for weeks been in a near constant state of bliss, practicing yoga with a renewed energy and interest, and swimming regularly. Not that it probably matters, but this was shortly after the lunar eclipse. It wasn't until the moon was moving into Capricorn (goat) that I was ready to get working. Then a series of interruptions happened. Just mundane life stuff, but I let it get under my skin until I let myself get into a really angry place, really resenting that "my only day off to fully work on the new idea" was getting "ruined." It was pretty ugly.
When I was feeling well again and had an open space to work I began with a deep mediation, followed by contemplation of a single tarot card. I used a different deck than normal (Bohemian Gothic Tarot) and I don't know why. I only have the deck because I enjoy the artwork in it. I drew the seven of wands. Sevens represent a degradation of their element, and wands are fire or primal energy. This particular deck is unusual in that it associates this card with a goat image.
|Mounting the piece|
I was actually doing this piece as final project for a mixed media sculpture class, and one of the things the instructor had been emphasizing was the juxtaposition of topic/image with material. How perfect then, to evoke an image of a goat in the hair of sheep? Not exactly a profound idea but the individualist/goat emerging from the herd/sheep was thematically coherent and the essential shape was suggested by the way the wet-felt had dried, like Jesus in a corn tortilla.
|Fuzzy Ears Are Fun to Rub!|
|This piece just begged for a dramatic tongue-in-cheek "heavy metal" cliche photograph.|