Animated Unobtainiums or Tsukumogami

Tsukumogami (“artifact spirit”) are a type of Japanese spirit. Living inanimate objects. A series of experimental studies using Concrete Canvas. As a concrete, the material possesses an inherent strength, and as a fabric – albeit quite a heavy fabric – it has an innate organic quality and movement. In its raw state it can be seen as a finished product, not requiring polishing, sanding, painting, which is required of any other material or process. The intrinsic life of the material stimulates a conscious awareness of the senses for an immediate response - modeling and molding the raw flesh-ness of the material from an idea, a thought or feeling, rather than developing the works thru sketch phases, analysis and then development stages.