Sunday, December 14, 2008

Children of the Black Flag




Whew! Still trying to recover from C-Note + nasty cold...
Last night was super fun. People said such nice things... it makes me verklempt. So much awesome stuff in one place. My head almost popped off.

At C-Note I had a tiny "soft opening" of a new little project called "Children of the Black Flag". I've been toying with the idea of creating a series of affordable, repainted dolls around the back story of them all squatting in an abandoned warehouse and being heavily involved in their local DIY scene. Here's what Wikipedia says about the symbol of the black flag...

"The black flag represents the absence of a flag, and thus stands in opposition to the very notion of nation-states and hierarchical institutions. In that light, the flag can be seen as a rejection of the concept of representation, or the idea that any person or institution can adequately represent a group of individuals. Modern anarchism has a shared ancestry with - among other ideologies such as liberalism - socialism, a movement strongly associated with the red flag. As anarchism became more and more distinct from socialism in the 1880s, it adopted the black flag in an attempt to differentiate itself."

So far I've made two dolls in this series. One turned out pretty cool I guess, and the other one turned out too cute-sy (she looks nothing like a squatter). I'm going to make some adjustments to her and try again.

For some reason, I'm obsessed with dolls at the moment. I think it's a weird kind of birthing experience. At some point during the process, I feel like the baby actually comes "alive". Not like Chucky, but sort of like it finds an identity. I guess that sounds weird...

I'll also be making some more complex dolls this year. I'm debating whether the Haiku show should be paintings or dolls. Probably dolls, or a weird hybrid of doll/painting.

Anyway, here's a few pics of the first two COBF'ers. I like to think the blue boy (who was the first one made) is the main "point-person" of the gang, hence the superhero cape with the logo.

Sorry I rambled on so long. Did you read this whole thing? Wow, I owe you a cookie!

3 comments:

Mike said...

Thanks for the two great pieces at C-note. Not usually one for "dark" themed art, but something about the content of your work grabs at the doctor in me, particularly the realism in the statement regarding that which doesn't kill you. Keep up the great work.

Sharon H. Bell said...

Thank you sooooo much! It was an honor meeting you. Your blog is amazing! It's almost fairytale-like to hear you describe your experiences. Very beautiful.

abby said...

I love cookies. And I love your arts. It was fun hanging out with you. I think we should start bringing booze to gym class. Would that be wrong?