The Bone Eater

For "inspire me thursday" ( www.inspiremethursday.com  ), "my comfort Zone", I just had to create a figure today.  The Bone Eater is paper mache, with a bone and silica packet.

To make the Bone Eater I started with a wire hanger.  I used wire mesh to form the head and body.  Leaving a space in the torso for acid free plastic. Which means that, the areas where the newspaper strips are revealed will eventually fade to yellow and the acid free plastic will remain clear.  I used wall paper paste to adhere the paper strips, which is thick and sticky.  The face area has been gessoed and painted.  The remaining parts of the figure were glazed with black acrylic paint and Future acrylic floor polish.  I like to use Future because, due to its watery consistency, it seeps into the cracks and dents that are inherent to paper mache.  It highlights and brings forth the texture…

The idea for Bone Eater came to me as I examined a set of animal bones that a friend had sent to me.  Initially I thought that the gagged vertebrae bone would make for interesting teeth, but it felt too contrived to just glue the teeth on to the face.  So it occurred to me to make the teeth metaphorical by implying that the teeth were inside him.  This required some problem solving which is how I came up with the idea of the clear plastic so that the viewer could see what was inside.  I decided to put the GEL packet inside of him to preserve the bones and I noticed that it had interesting words on it — DO NOT EAT! The phrase made me think of the creature eating it.  The implication is that the creature not only ate the GEL packet, but the bones as well.  And so, the title: The Bone Eater.

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14 Responses to “The Bone Eater”

  1. m. heart Says:

    i love this!

  2. patricia J mosca Says:

    This is fabulous…YUMMY!

  3. carla Says:

    Very cool! I love the textured metallic effect and those teeth… so creative!

  4. Patricia Anders Says:

    thanks for the comments about Bone Eater. It was one of those pieces that nearly made itself, the idea was so clear in my minds eye, now if only todays creations would be equally as cooperative!

  5. curlyillustrator Says:

    Cool! I love the wide set eyes and tiny jagged teeth! Where did this idea come from?

  6. Deb G Says:

    Wow!

  7. Patricia Anders Says:

    Hi Lindsay

    Thanks for the question, it reminds me that the answer to that is something I should be minful of to share in blog entries. While I don’t recall exactly how I got to the final decision it started with thinking about how to incorporate some cool bones that a friend gave me. Initially I thought about using the bones as teeth for a face, but it felt too contrived to me. Juxtaposing the teeth in the tummy with the teeth on the face seemed interesting to me, and there you have it!

  8. V Says:

    This is amazing. Nice work.

  9. mel Says:

    this is so cool

  10. H. Buchholz Says:

    very very cool

  11. bonnihall Says:

    yep, mmm hmmm, love the "throw away, DO NOT EAT…" graphics that repeat as well on the tiny little package…like the thoughts that we should throw away and not "eat" ….they turn into ugly little corpses inside of us that are hard to "digest"  🙂

  12. bonnihall Says:

    yep, mmm hmmm, love the "throw away, DO NOT EAT…" graphics that repeat as well on the tiny little package…like the thoughts that we should throw away and not "eat" ….they turn into ugly little corpses inside of us that are hard to "digest"  🙂

  13. Laurel Says:

    Ooh, nice and scary looking.  Very creative!

  14. Sara Says:

    I absolutely like this one!!