Claws (Dorothy Cross)

March 19, 2018

 I wanted to create I different type cone prosthetic this time, I wanted the piece curved like a claw, or spider leg, more of an organic shape rather than a geometric one (not to say that there aren’t many cones in nature but a curve is by far a more common shape”. Vaguely inspired by Dorothy Cross’ Stilettos(1994) I wanted to try a different method of felting the differing wools I had this time I wanted to create this gradual gradient from light to dark. The lighter wool blends closer with my skin. I used card to map out the shape of a curved claw or horn, and set about felting a cover for it following the usual construction method. I originally thought of placing the cones on my chest to create some form of udders or teats, the curve and colours reminding me of my sheep’s udders. But I found them really chilling on placed on my arms, I felt I looked like a more “sinister” looking creature like a bat or a spider, further away from human than before. I loved feeling my face cone and body when wearing these as the curve on the claws fit perfectly with the contours of my body and cones. When place on the face they intently become horns, I was really interested in the diversity of the animal kingdom I could capture in one objects. I will continue on with this work of trying to simply capture “animal” be it human, bat, mole or otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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