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This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo


(Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Toy Theater


Toy Theater by Zoe Blue


 I've been working on a drawing for a painting in which the world of puppetry has begun to slowly creep its way in, a sure sign of my little brain's gnawing on the problem of 3D puppet-creation for the puppet challenge over at Clive's blog.

Toy Theater by Zoe Blue


The theater is a small detail of the painting, but, in the spirit of the maquettes, also once a challenge, and also brought to life to serve as models, I decided to flesh it out, making my first foray into the world of three-dimensions.

Toy Theater by Zoe Blue

The base and frame of the stage are wooden, which Gabriel helped me with, kindly protecting my little sloppy fingers from their assured destruction.

Toy Theater by Zoe Blue

Somewhere out there is a certain beautiful blonde who will recognize a pomegranate and fancy boots.

21 comments:

  1. Wow! Every household should have a little theatre! I just know that in the future there will be some lovely, mystical sets and puppets for this stage.

    Zoe, what a wonderful tool for your painting. Well done.

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    1. i agree, every household should have a theater, and also puppets! i really enjoyed the process for this one...we will see how i manage to populate it :D
      i'm so happy you like it!

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  2. That looks wonderful. A setting waiting for magic to happen.

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    1. thank you, that's very kind. i am also waiting for that magic, as the next step is to figure out how to people it :D

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  3. un joli petit théâtre.. en attendant les acteurs...!

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    1. merci, elfi...oui, et maintenant, les acteurs....

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  4. WOW! That's fantastic! What a lovely theater you've made!! I can see the pomegranate on the top. Love the booted cats. I can't wait to see your puppets on the stage!!

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    1. thank you! i am steadily chewing on the puppet issue.... :D

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  5. So Wonderful!!!!! This is just completely lovely!

    Do you think you will put on a show sometime in the future, once the puppets are done?

    That really is just spectacular, Zoe.

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    1. oh, wouldn't it be cool, to make a little show? i still haven't even managed to settle on a type of puppet, though...i was convinced a marionette would be the way, but today i saw clive's rod-puppet post, and i'm back to the beginning :P

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  6. Now I have to come and see, and play with the theater! so amazing!!!! I am so happy Gabriel helped so you don't cut your lovely fingers:)
    Beauty in every way Zoe, I totally adore it.

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    1. ahhh! it's very important that you like it :) yes, it's imperative that you come and play with it...hurry up! :D

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  7. Bellissimo e magico teatrino! Stimola la fantasia: io vedo già cominciare uno spettacolo misterioso.

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    1. thank you, anna, for such a lovely comment :)

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  8. How does it feel? an actual depth that isn't alluded to?

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    1. i am becoming obsessed with 3D. is that your question?

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    2. Yes, and No. ~smile~ I guess i should have asked, was it what you thought it should be? And did the 'real' depth change your process? ( and how?)

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    3. hmmm, i will try to translate this vague yippeee feeling into something more tangible...
      i like the heft of it, and the feeling that there are several layers of reality and possibilities for interaction. i liked being able to make the little characters and creatures and have them frame the space, instead of having to make a more 'permanent' narrative for them (like place them in the scene of a painting); then i can interact with it differently according to mood (this is something i also really like about the maquettes). then, i'm kind of excited about putting it in the painting, because of the layering that allows inside that "universe," because it always seems to me that if there's space for a character in a painting to dream, it makes the character fuller, and makes it more "real" to your own subconscious, somehow? technically, the paintings are created with the idea (for *me*, that is) of being an object for meditation on the ideas that went into its creation, but the truth is, i'm not very good at sitting and staring at what's already made. so far. this answer is getting long, sorry--if i do it again, i think i'll spend more time wrapping the front around the sides, both the outsides and the insides, just for the smoothness of it.
      ?

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  9. This looks very intriguing - are your maquettes morphing into puppets and taking to a life of their very own upon that impressive looking stage ... Brilliant*!*

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  10. Fantastic theatre, what a beautiful thing, just makes me happy looking at it - i'm at the same stage with the puppet challenge, not quite sure which type of puppet to make, but i'll definitely be making a little theatre after seeing this!

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