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Acupunkture by diamondie Acupunkture by diamondie
My first (but certainly not last) collage sculpture, made for the real media contest at the Icons 2008 demoparty.

Mixed media with plastic doll head, soil, clay pot, nails, glue, cardboard, toilet paper (the pot contains some soil which has been glued on a cardboard glued on a bunch of toilet paper), so it looks like a "real" potted plant but can be transferred fairly securely).

The piece was a real pain in the ass to make. The nails were pretty difficult to drive through the plastic, even when heated. Had to use other, smaller things to pierce a hole first.

Still trying to come up with ideas for using the limbs of the doll!
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pyonpyon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Remind me not to lend any toys to you.
diamondie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Writer
I would take very good care of them! They might get a little "enhanced" though. O:->
F-l-e-u-r-D-u-M-a-l Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Steph-y Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
ahahaha. I actually giggled when I saw this.
nice job. I say glue all the limbs together to a mass rubber band ball.
naknak Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
hot hot hot
Shurakai-Zero Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
I’m very much liking this, both the sculpture and the photo of it.
diamondie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks. The photo really makes a big difference, making the sculpture look better than in real life (it's in our bookshelf, so the lighting isn't too impressive), as the lighting really brings out the translucency of the skin and the "glint" in the eyes. I can't remember how I did it, but it was probably natural light combined with a spotlight.
Shurakai-Zero Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
For some reason it reminds me of a Magritte painting. Maybe the absurdist sense of it, maybe just the straight-on view. I half expect to see a low stone wall and a cloudy sky behind it.

Considering the trouble you went through to make this one, you can take my next suggestion with a grain of salt, but I think it’d be neat if you were to do a series of these, each with some minute but noticable difference. Imagine spray-painting one silver, for instance.
diamondie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Writer
No, it's actually a very good idea, including the silver color, provided that I can find some more similar dolls. Nowadays stores are just full of Bratz and similar crap. I got lucky in that I just walked in to the (then) nearby large flea market and right at the entrance there was a woman selling a massive collection of toys (picture of it here: [link]).

If I can find another doll head I might indeed make a silver one (at least if I can acquire silver paint without paying a fortune) and submit it for consideration for the art exhibition at next Altparty. The theme of this year's party is cyberpunk, so it would be quite appropriate.

Thanks a lot for the suggestion. You don't happen to have any ideas for the doll limbs? ;-P
Shurakai-Zero Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
For the doll limbs:

1. Get a window box planter or some such, stick them in upright all in a line (although you can vary their placement and angle a bit). Paint them brown, stick green-tinted cotton batting on their tops and you’ve got yourself a mini-forest.

2. Paint them brown (or not), put them together in a teepee fashion on a piece of plywood that has sand and small rocks glued to it to make it look like a firepit.

(Can you sense a theme in my suggestions? :) )

I have a doll made to look like a little black child somewhere in my basement, along with a raccoon skull that I picked up in the ravine behind my house. I keep thinking I should do something with those.
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