I just realized that “pun intended” is a pun on “unintended” and I’m literally about to gouge my eyes out I’m so angry
Hooray for Monsters!
I drew a lot of inspiration from the “monsters” of my youth: Gossamer from Loony Toons, Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street, Where the Wild Things Are, and Dr Suess’s creatures (like The Lorax). Monsters are a great way to investigate the “other” and to use in/as narrative.
As far as looking into the history and context of “Monsters,” I got all I needed out of one glorious book: On Monsters: an unnatural history of our worst fears by Stephen T Asma. This book explored monsters through history, mythology, legend, the Bible, philosophy, pop culture; its current uses and context, and where “monsters” are headed. Asma is also very readable: I read this text cover to cover, and enjoyed it immensely. It was smart without going over my head, and he’s very funny. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in monsters and creatures, of any kind. It’s great to get such a wide breadth on the subject, and to be informed of things I hadn’t even thought of in relation to monsters.
Ooh, also if you have not heard of it, read about The Uncanny Valley. Very interesting in regards to our perception of monstery-type things.
I hope that’s helped! Please feel free to let me know how your investigation goes! Also, anything else you discover and would like to share :)
All the best!
Wat was made to be wearable; in the main photos I took (and posted here) my awesome friend Sean is wearing it. While making Wat, I had a mannequin that I could build him around. He was also on a mannequin for the OCADU Grad Ex, with stuffing in his arms for both support, flexibility, and photo opportunities :)
Thank you for your question/compliment; it’s exciting to finally be able to share him with others, and hear their reactions. Hopefully you’ll see more of him as the summer progresses!
I haven’t really made anything since I finished my thesis work in March.
Anyways, I can’t post process photos of this glorious thing that I am making, because it is for my bestie Seananigans, and he totally follows this blog.
LIKE THE GROOD FRIEND HE IS.
Anyways, I should finish it this weekend, and you will see it in all its glory very soon.