A series of three jaw pieces in sterling silver with real coyote teeth, molded from my mouth.
My mouth is full of teeth that aren’t mine. They are uncomfortable, they hang from my mouth, they disrupt my chewing. I chose to represent my mouth as something malleable, silver, and white as bone while the coyote teeth are real since to me they often feel very real even if they are were they don’t belong or make sense anatomically. Phantom sensations for me are not often the same, and don’t map to my body in logical ways.
I have worn these. More photos to come!
A piece in response to yourdeer’s neck piece from 2011. Pelt from lilmissdoeeyes of deviantart. I have included a photograph of the piece being shown in the 2013 All School Show.
“I do not feel graceful; usually I feel colossally awkward, and something about deer speaks of that awkwardness to me. Being spooked about nothing, the awkward indignation of being disturbed, the skittering flight are all deer. These things are aspects of the romantic stereotype, but I do not perceive them in a romantic way. I do not think being deer makes me mysterious, desirable, or delicate. ” - Yourdeer, 2013
Coyote fur scraps
This one is very simple and is just an inverted coyote face I had that had very little ear fur left.
You guys saw the first post with the fox mask and coyote mask from the all school show, but, I thought I’d provide for you some more shots of it. One is how I made it, the other is on my body.
Fox fur scraps, glass eyes.
Coyote fur scraps.
I’ve been pretty inspired by the taxidermy process of re-hydrating stretching, and gluing hide in a shape. I form it on human foam heads and use layers to glue it in place. This one is very comfortable and tight, and the construction prevents me from opening my mouth. The fur comes inside and out, twisting, there are partially developed ears and a full pair, and the nose is missing on the coyote on one hide as it blends into my own nose. I think a lot about my own phantom sensations as I make these masks.
Just a quick phone shot of some jaw pieces made of metal and canine teeth I am making. I have this one (silver), another one in bronze, and 3 more ready to be cast. I can’t decide on if I like the silver or bronze more and I need to photograph them I think before I can commit. This is from a cast of inside my mouth.
(Olga is always in my photos by accident.)
I’ve been working on a series of masks (I have another completed and at least another one I’ll make before I graduate, but I hope for 5 of them) using fox and coyote scrap fur. I am attracted to how the fur holds the form of a human. Initially I started making these because of my ongoing attempts to make my phantom sensations as canine wearable. These two were in the all school show here at massart.
Part of experimentations from last semester. I have been calling this my “spirit hood”. Misc coyote fur, claws, silicone. My awesome classmate Shanna (Banana) took this for me.
I had hoped that it would be more form fitting, but, the paws do and the head piece doesn’t. Silicone won’t be my material of choice in the future for this process.