Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sweet Dreams Mr. Poe

Sweet Dreams Mr. Poe is another mixed media work inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. The idea was to imagine what Poe's dreams might have looked like, and, somehow, I don't envision Poe dreaming about a box of kittens. Instead, I tried to create a doomed, apocalyptic, nightmarish atmosphere. Add a pinch of horror vacui and sprinkle a little anxiety on top. I was also inspired by Poe's short story, The Masque of the Red Death , although it was slightly after the fact. Shortly after I began working on the piece, I found myself thinking: red and black... red and black... what was that story?


Kym Hepworth / Sweet Dreams Mr. Poe / 2006 / mixed media /21 x 27 ½ x 2 in.

I chose the image of the volcano (on the bottom of Sweet Dreams) from one of Robin's lantern slides. My original idea was to sew the lantern slide into the piece and let my Technical Advisor (a.k.a. Robin) figure out how to install a small light behind it, inside the shadow box frame. However, I didn't want an electrical cord hanging out of the bottom of the frame. In the end, Robin scanned the lantern slide and enclosed the image inside two pieces of glass and I sewed it into the piece.



The images inside the eyes of the skull are scans of a burning building from one of Robin's old photographs. I like it because the windows of the house echo the shape of the skull's teeth. I covered the scans with red cellophane that originally wrapped a box of Valentine's Day chocolates.


The black border around the piece was inspired by 19th century mourning envelopes that I bought on eBay.

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