- A strong desire to know or learn something.2. A strange or unusual object or fact…You know what it did to the cat. And now I’ve brought it out for you.“Cabinet & Curiosity” is an installation style piece inspired by the late H.P Lovecraft and his world of the twisted, tentacled, macabre. Installed inside a heavily distressed and “reborn” gothic style clock tower lives this horrid and rather enormous wriggling beast. It’s single, penetrating golden eye never loses it’s fixation, never blinks, and never ever stops shining. Atop the head of the beast are translucent pustules and tattered rudimentary wings and arm-like projections. The creature appears to be in a sort of recently disturbed repose, at first relaxing inside it’s age old and scratched to the bone cabinet home, only now beginning it’s slow creeping decent upon it’s new viewer.you have to see this one to believe it, but unless you’re in Washington state, these pictures (or a purchase) will have to do.…“Cabinet & Curiosity” is currently on display at the Red Raven Gallery, Port Townsend WA for the “What the Moon Brings” Lovecraft show. Available works can be purchased through the gallery HERE.…Be careful out there….
Now to get the website up…… *slaps self in face*
(So as to not waste your time-here’s a cute film still from an upcoming taxidermy project to be announced soon!!)
I’m concentrating the majority of my attention on taxidermy really, but I had started this submission for one of my favorite west coast galleries and the deadline was just extended giving me just the perfect and realistic amount of time I needed to finish it. I’ve got to wait on a few things in the tanning wash, so the timing couldn’t be better!
The base is a found item, a painted poppy plant on walnut craft wood. I liked the painting a lot, but sadly the finish was in pretty bad shape. What I’ve done here is preserved and incorporated the original painted bloom into the new work and created a psychedelic poppy-plant-squid-creature to embrace it. It’s flashy, colorful, and no doubt a far out piece! Here’s some progress pics to give you an idea of what the finished piece will look like…
An old favorite~very bare bones design for the time (2008 I think), but still use them from time to time for that Squid Punk line 😉
About 80% completed!
More body painting, a rattle, a new carved wood base to sit on, and a few minor adjustments to make…then it’s finally done!
So happy with this creation!
Here’s a little glimpse into the progress of my custom vinyl creation! Rockin’ body and slithering goodness 😉
My apologies for the delay.
I have been enjoying a few rouge days of R&R before I inevitably get back to the grind. It seems it was wise of me to clear out my calendar so that I could literally put my feet up for awhile, by the end of the evening my heels had all but broke them down. I however, consider this a plus.
As I had hoped the reception at the Shadow Art Fair was incredible. Many people stood around with smiles on their faces while I gave my list of ingredients and conception. Zingermans was kind enough to pass out some seriously amazing sandwiches complete with veggies and chocolate. Not uncommonly there was an enormous gathering of extremely jovial and wide eyed patrons for all events, and don’t get me started on the Blackberry Pale!
Personally, it was a very moving day..if I held any doubt in mind to the success of the sculptures before, it was totally blown away by 3pm. I could not, nor can I even now, put into words the elation it is to see something my passion burned through my fingers go so quietly into another set of hands. I love being a vendor, a market woman, at my best…a peddler of squid ❤
Normally I’d just end it there, keep my post all romantic and whatnot. Send you off a such on good note Forest Gump comes across you mind. But in this particular case, it is quite necessary for me to stress how much you should have been there. Case in Point, the Stockyard Stomp.
Now I’d like to start by saying that with every single thing in life there are preferable and less than preferable outcomes. Speaking only for myself I think it’s probably around 50/50 for everything, go ahead and sprinkle anything you want on top of it. Whatever, if your happy, awesome. But for me it’s pretty much always 50/50.
I think what makes an event truly successful is it’s ability to, for any given amount of time, completely offset the balance and somehow hold it magically to one side. It’s a pretty simple machine, but it hinges on so many tiny elements working smoothly together it’s a miracle every time it actually works. In my humble opinion I believe the Stockyard Stomp was just such a creation. In my best surfer roll…That was a totally excellent party man. The music was great, the artists represented were great, and the crowd was boisterous, energetic, and welcoming. And of course, for me there is always the deal-breaker, there was the fire. Take an evening, lift it all the way off the ground, shake it, and still have all the pieces fall magically back into place…and now were talking about a good party.
Tomorrow will be back to the lab. I will be uploading images, videos, etc. for the events for the day, along side many other updates of new works, the start of a new journey (in cellophane), and all the information regarding available works now and moving on into July.
“Thanks for watching folks, but now it’s time for the show!”
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Never underestimate the power of good music, friends, and legal stimulants.
Without these three things (and of course to blessings of the Gods) I wouldn’t be able to work this hard and not lose my mind. Allow me to explain.
July 10th 2010 is a historic day for the Art of Emi Slade. First off, it’s the summer date for the twice annual Shadow Art Fair, located in Ypsilanti Mi. I have made my pilgrimage here many times, and every year I end up recruiting 100’s of new lovers and supporters of my work. The art fair is located inside of the infamous “Corner Brewery”, a local hot spot for killer entertainment and premium micro brews, and draws such enormous crowds of people many times I wonder if the never ending waves of people exsist as a life force of it’s own, lol. This event lasts all day Noon-Midnight and boasts only the most AMAZING artists from the area and shocases many installation and interactive type displays. Every season they release small batches of goodies, gadgets, and honorable special brews…I can confidently say if you miss this event your life will be poorer for it!
That being said, July 10th is also the same date (as well as same location, Ypsilanti MI) as “The Stockyard Stomp”, this HUGE outdoor party/music/art festival features countless superstar artists, tattoo artists, dirt bike race tracks, and a pin striping and hot rod show as just the beginning of it’s plans. Scheduled to go on well into the night this one-of-a-kind atmosphere , located on a spacious and secure private lot, is the perfect breeding ground for creativity and mystic mayhem. I hear rumors about giant bonfires, tasty high end foods, and plentiful sexy men who’d like to give me a ride on their choppers. Nights like these are the stuff of legends, most assuredly.
So what’s the big deal?
Well My friends and fans……I will be a featured seller at BOTH of these events. As if it is not hard enough to create two seperate yet complimentary collections of work for each event, I have taken it upon myself to promote and support these events utilizing space age cross pollination techniques, prize art, and of course… I ambitiously plan to spilt myself into 2 seperate functioning Emis. Ha. Nice.
Well, maybe not that last bit. I’m not actually going to be doing into duplication anytime soon, but I will be calling on my few trusted friends to assist me in the insanely fun juggle of time and colorful monster studded banter. Want to connect and talk shop? I will post my schedule of appearances on this site and many others in the days before the events so you can be sure of where to find me and when.
I’m starting to think at some point in a persons life they may realize they have bitten off more than they can chew, give into exhaustion, you know….take time to put there feet up. But for me, at this place and time in my existence, I can proudly say that time is not here for me. Of course I do have my moments of relaxation: They just emerge when I smell the roses as I create them, smear them with paint, and display them for all the world to sniff ❤
Here’s a few teasers of the incredible (and VAST) new body of work for the coming summer season. I suggest you mark your calenders and plan on attending one if not both of July 10ths events, these creations won’t last long and are going to set the town on fire!