One for Walpurgisnacht

“Oh the elder tree….there is a spirit that wishes to break free.”

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Madame Zaubera

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Madame Zaubera
Fortune-Telling Puppet Diorama
August 2014
cat skull, grouse feet, paperclay, acrylic paint, LED lights, glass, wooden box, paper, fabric, PVC, ink, dowels, metal hardware, styrofoam, quartz crystals, rabbit fur, steel sheets, plywood
© Dver

A mad person’s relation to objects

“At times, the puppet shares with the mask a power to give form to gods and demons, to the spirits of the dead….In such cases the manipulator, even the puppet itself, can take on the guise of a priest or shaman.”

“Puppet theatre is a highly refined art, but depends on something like a child’s, a clown’s, or a mad person’s relation to objects…They are dead things that belong to a different kind of life.”

(Kenneth Gross, Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life)

Threads

Nothing connecting these threads but my own love of them. Bleeding wounds, animal headed hunters, giant puppets, conjoined twins.

“But her carriage was lost in the tempest, and now she’s somewhere else…”

“How dare I feel this and do naught but sit on my hands”

“Begged the thunderbolts to strike and mark me as alive”

“Don’t you feel like severing?”

Theatre of Cruelty

“Hilum” by Les Antliaclastes

“A micro comic-tragedy based on the cycles of the washing machine and set in the basement of a rundown museum of natural history. Orphaned and cut off from the ordered kingdom of curiosities upstairs, the cast of nursery rhyme characters, cartoon images, and mischievous urchins turn playtime into a theatre of cruelty.”