The wool starts out very loose and on a piece this size, to make all the detail work sculptural and dense takes a LOT of hours with the felting needles. This third picture, still in white finds all the detail coming together, including the eyelide and eyebrow work that overlay the full 3D orbs of the eyeballs. One gory little trick to note is that the eyebrows are not only full locks of wool, but they still have sheep shit in them. The crustier parts of the sheep, I'd need to comb that stuff out, but by only gently cleaning the locks with detergent and boiling hot water and not combing or agitating them, the tips still are crusty and stiff with sheep shit. Sure, it's sterile after the cleaning process, but it might gross out the squeemish to know that it is an intentional part of the sculpture. The reason why is that it gives a texture and character that looks really cool. And also, those particular crusty locks will take the dye in a more complex and interesting way. The eyelashes are my favorite part of this piece.
|A bath to neutralize the PH|
Finally, I sewed the dried piece to canvas painted with acrylic. I'm not certain how successful aesthetically this is, but there was a reason. I did a similar type of 2.5D wool "hide" piece called "Baphomet" and it was nailed to wood, reminiscent of animal hide nailed to the side of a barn. I'm not sure why I'm fascinated by this practice. . .it must be something I saw as a kid. So, in this instance with "Clownhide" it seemed that canvas could be made into a visual and tactile representation of the big top circus tent. Where else would you hang the hide of an evil clown?