Jaws Agape.

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May 2014
Price: $120 – available for purchase on Etsy

This piece started with a simple idea: a skull with an air plant tucked into its jaws. I wanted to do something more creative than just sticking an air plant in a skull, though. So my original concept is nested in a more elaborate assemblage piece.

Its base is a wooden frame that I bought at a local Goodwill outlet; another artist, sadly anonymous, had painted it brown with a sprinkle of blue glitter. There had once been moss and other natural items glued to it, but most had been torn away over time, leaving only a few fragments. I decided to repair what remained, and build up on top of it, adding my own selection of dried mosses and lichens and other plant matter, as well as secondhand burlap, stones and fur scraps from other artists, and braids of reclaimed yarn. A bit of handmade paper I created from old junk mail adds texture, and the air plant, a Tillandsia ionantha Mexico, is carefully suspended in the fox’s jaws on a platform of secondhand cedar, fur, and braided yarn.

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