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Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Little Something Dark


OK, so I decided since I was gong in a slightly different direction on some art this summer, I'd get a few things out of my system.  Now, I don't consider myself a dark artist usually.  But, I know we all have that part of us inside somewhere.  Normally for me that part doesn't usually surface all that often.  But, lately whilst facing some unpleasant medical issues, I have decided to just go for it.  You know, expose those demons or fears whatever might be lurking just under the surface of our conscience.

That being said, you remember the skull headed piece I showed a few weeks back.  He is finally finished.  This piece is based on a nightmare I had as a small kid.  I am not sure what age.  It is one of those things that happened when I was really sick.  So you have those kind of dream or nightmare experiences that kind of sticks with you.  This was one of those.  I dreamnt of these creatures called shadow walkers.  They were spirits that lurked in the shadows and waited for the chance to create fear and terror in your life.  They would follow you in your shadows.  I never told anyone about these dreams.  But, I could swear that I would see these horrific beings out of the corner of my eye from time to time.  When my mom died when I was eight, I thought that they were the cause of my misery.  Anyhoo here is my version via artistic interpretation, of a shadow walker.


Here is a close up of the upper body area.  This was created with a wooden armature attached to a piece of willow.  I wrapped the body with cotton batting and dark cloth for the main body.  The cloak and under dress are saturated with ultra heavy matte medium to stiffen and shape the fabrics.  I use a black lace for the under piece and a mottled black cotton for the cloak.  He has silver chains and a silver ear ring piece I recycled.  His arms are a variety of glass and silver beads.  The skull head is paper clay painted and antiqued.



I am glad I got this guy out of my system.  I am hoping to have the other Icon piece finished this weekend.  I also have started a tree spirit type figure.  So, until next time thank you all for stopping by.  I love to share my creative life with all my friends out there.  Happy Memorial day to all my US friends and good all around week for all you international friends

11 comments:

flyingbeader said...

I do like dark, but sometimes have trouble getting it to finally "release". Scary though this shadow walker is, I do like it. Wonder if that monster under my bed when I was a little girl would......

Susie McMahon said...

I really like these, Cody!
So sorry to hear about your health issues - I've been to that place and I must say it does make for some good art - I think I did some meaningful stuff when I was struggling with the effects of Crohn's a few years back and having some major surgeries etc.....My advice? Go with the flow and let it all out! it's good for you.

Cody Goodin said...

Thank you Flyingbeader and Susie for the comments. I am liking these a lot. I used to make these a few years back, but have revamped them. Yes, it is good for the soul I think.

Pattee said...

OMG Cody this is one of my favorite pieces of yours... What a fabulous job you did on him....

Shadow walkers.... I had a reoccurring dream as a child that chimpanzees would pull me under the floor...

Take care my friend~
Pattee

Cody Goodin said...

Thanks Pattee, wow your nightmare sounds really scary. One of my friends is terrifies of monkeys. So that would really send her over the edge.

Lorell Lehman said...

I love this piece Cody.
I was goose-bumpy reading about connecting these 'shadow walkers' with your mum's passing. My dad died in a motor-cycle accident when I was five and from that time I used to have night terrors where my stuffed toys (particularly a huge panda bear) would come to life with glowing eyes and fangs and try to eat me. Mum eventually burned the toys and the night terrors stopped (I sleep-walked for years though), but I hate toy pandas to this day and still have flashbacks to those dreams sometimes.
I'm sure it is good to let this out from time to time and if it results in pieces like this Cody, then go for it!
Take care, thinking of you.

Cody Goodin said...

Thanks Lorell for sharing your story with me. It seems that I have struck a chord with a few people on this. Odd enough it seems to have helped me in some way.

MarZel said...

Great work, Cody. Way to go facing the those shadows. I like the concept too and that it came from your dream!!

Cody Goodin said...

Thanks MarZel, it was a very cathartic experience.

cat said...

Love this work! It's amazing how the artist within us moves. You are in my prayers!

Cody Goodin said...

Thanks Cat I am recovering slowly but, good so far.