Courgeritte

January 2013. Original creation done as a birthday present. The piece is 16cm tall and made from various material. The mask and body parts are sculpted with Fimo (my usual mix 50/50 Fimo/Sculpey Firm). For the rest I’ve used tissue, toilet paper, cotton rope, sisal fiber and squash seeds. All painted with acrylics and inks.
Inspiration is from “primitive arts”, more turned on the Native American Indians side with, of course, my own vision. The concept was born slowly by drawing this strange character on my sketchbook several times (see the “Drawing” section for some of them). The focus isn’t put on the technical aspect, The sculpture is quite rough and the blending painted fastly. These two points are generally considered as defects or even faults when we talk about miniatures. But here, only the character, materials and colours are important.
This statuette is a representation of a mythical, magical and mysterious being (this time from my imagination) who could join some images or objects done by many cultures to illustrate or give materiality to cosmogonic figures. When I did it, I had in mind the Katsina dolls from Hopi people and some Yup'ik art too for the mask-face. Their influence on my work appears in the form (disc-shaped mask, some painted patterns…)  but also in the choice of a character who is associated to a plant or a vegetable (here, the squash) as we can find many other examples in the huge variety of Katsinam existing (squash, corn, bean...). He is benevolent, protector.