After completing the stamen, I had to both disguise the neck and body join on the armature and start to introduce more plant like forms into the body. I wanted the neck leaves to be fleshy, so I sewed them as thick curved, tubular leaves, although this caused a problem with attachment to the armature: the plastic fabric is far too fragile to join each form together- it pulls at any stress point in the joins and rips through the plastic, so there was only a few of these leaves made/attached in the end. I had envisioned the whole body made up of these fleshy forms, getting larger and larger as they made their way down the body, the the construction idea had to be changed.
Below: front view
As I began to attach the polyp blankets to the armature I found the body was beginning to overpower the stamen form- which was now starting to look too small. I had previously constructed the middle of the body to be bulbous towards the middle and bottom, but as the body filled out with the polyps, it added an approximate 10-15cm girth on top. to rectify this the body wire was pushed in where areas were too large and wired to the main internal frame.
Making the Next biomorph:
This should be a smaller piece, referring to the growth stage of a) a botanical form b) a psychosis.
The Idea of monacopsis informs the making of these works . I want to illustrate the growth of these subtle insecurities into overwhelming psychosis by creating these plant forms at their different stages of growth.(ref to original VAPD sketch)
Basal leaves at the base- which could translate into the next plant as the seedling stage.
For the next main sculpture construction, I may transfer this Phalange plant at the top of the body where the stamen protrudes from- so their is a visual relationship between the three- that evokes that sense of evolution of growth from seed- seedling- sapling - tree/adult plant. This mirrors the growth of a psychosis- growth from Monachopsis to a full blown paranoia…….