"In the Shadows" - Custom 16" KAWS Dissected Companion
"In the shadows of Tomodachi Island he dwells. No one knows where he came from or who birthed him. A seemingly hideous creature hidden by the night. He carries within him a golden heart and a piece of the starry night sky. This celestial creature with his gentle soul is believed to be a creation of the ancient Gods themselves."
My first sculpt of 2018! It took me long enough... But what a treat it has been. A treat to my hands and my soul. As most of you know we've had another baby, so I get very little time to do any artistic work at all. So I've decided to use the little time I've got very well. As you can see I've been focusing on fine detail and the sculpt is much more intricate than what you usually see from me. I sculpt for me now, and I will from now on. The importance of my work has never been greater to me and as an artists I am ready to grow. This sculpt gave me the chance to do so.
This creature will be part of the show "Misappropriated Icon" by StrangeCat Toys at Redefine Gallery, FL, on the 15th of March through to the 22nd of March, 2018. And it is part of a group show with some AMAZING artists, many of whom I've looked up to for a very very long time. I feel so proud, being part of this great lineup indeed!
This creature have taken many turns in my head and I re-painted him twice before I was happy with the result. At first I was inspired by the norse God Fenrir, and that is where the sculpt was born. Fenrir has a very dark story behind him though so I had to step away from that in order to fit him into the world of Tomodachi Island.
I also had to change the colour palette I first planned. I wanted him to be a dark, blueish, grey but the contrast between the night sky and his fur weren't great enough, so I had to re-think. Hence the fox colouring. And I have no explanation to the stripes, they just felt like they needed to be there.
Now, if you're in the Florida area around the time of the show, I strongly advice you go and see this piece along with all the others, in person. It really deserves that, and I am so mega proud of it! The biggest sculpt I've ever made, and the most detailed......