confinement part 2…



This was the second sample I done using string to “cage” the mannequin but this time I also used bandages, at this point I was planning for the photo shoot and was trying to picture different things I could do and the different types of images I could take.

I like how the string and the bandages look next to each other, I feel the string looks tighter and stronger vs. the bandage, and it would press and burn the skin, whereas the bandages would just softly lay on top, but visually the bandages offer up something more, especially since we associate them with injuries and as a way to “fix something which is broken”, so using them almost tells a story and obviously makes the viewer wonder.





Throughout this project I have liked/enjoyed the idea of being caged or trapped in something whether literal or emotionally, possibly even spiritually. I’ve always dabbled a bit into this within my imagery and samples, but this is more of an obvious example of this, by wrapping the mannequin in string you “cage” it but the ironic thing is that its already “caged” because the mannequin itself can’t just get p and easily move anyway, so you’re trapping something that is already closed off and caged anyway.


I like the way these pictures came out and I wanted to use this string for the photo shoot I done, but due to a short time frame and a lack of notice I couldn’t.

cast samples…

After making the candles I decided to jump straight into making the arm/hand casts, but because this is something I hadn’t done before it proved to be quite difficult. The arm was the easiest section, but the hands are what took the most effort and time.

Because the fingers were so closely spaced together I had to cut the plaster into much smaller strips to be able to fit inside the caps.

To create the mannequin hand was the hardest part, luckily there were 3 fingers that were spaced-out enough so I could cast them with ease, unfortunately the ring and middle finger were a lot harder to do.

Fortunately because these casts were meant to be remains of the dead who have been used in sacrifice, they could be missing a finger or two, but I still wanted to attempt to do at least the base of the finger instead of having a huge gap.

IMG_7011To do this I needed the assistance of my mother, because I would need her to hold things together while I made the mold, she used a thin butter knife to get in between the gaps between the fingers and I would put pressure under the strips to make the natural curves on the fingers, after doing this for about an hour we finally managed to join it all up and be finished, now all we had to do was remove it from the fiber glass arm.

Because there wasn’t a barrier between the plaster steps and the fiber glass arm, the plaster stuck and proved to be difficult to remove, this mean that we would have to cut it in half and plaster the two sides together again, this too took a while but we managed in the end.

Since the first arm took so long to do and required too much effort we decided to just use the mannequins arm for the next cast but use my mothers fingers, even though my mothers fingers were slightly larger than that of the mannequins, I like the effect it has and it also shows that these Satanists sacrificed more than one person.

We manipulated the wet plaster strips and would press/squeeze them to form vein lines to make them more realistic.


struggling without a head…

Because I have wanted to keep the body of the mannequin intact I have found it quite difficult to morph it and make it into something dark and twisted, a lot of the times I wish that it had a head because at least this way it would be easier to manipulate, since I could create expressions or decapitate the mannequin and smash the head to pieces. I don’t want to give up with the body and get a head, but if I can’t think of anything I might have to!

Just simply adding this skull onto the mannequin already makes you feel like it’s walking the thin line between life and death…



After my light box sample I tried to think of other ways to include text in my project, but obviously I wanted to include the mannequin some how.

Keeping the idea of light in my head I came up with the idea to project the words onto the mannequin somehow, unfortunately we didn’t have a blank wall or the correct projector to do this but I simply put the words into word on the computer and used the electric board to project the words, I stood the mannequin in front of the board and adjusted it to a height and position that I felt it got the most words onto it!

I like the idea of the words being on it without actually being physically attached, it makes the words less physical and gives them a “timeless” feel, something you can’t touch or feel but you can see it and know that its there!

Mannequin dream…

Since I moved into my new space and have been using the mannequin more often, I have caught myself dreaming a lot more in my sleep, which is unusual for me as I feel I never really dream… another unusual aspect of the dreams is that they tend to involve mannequins in quite macabre/unlikely situations.

For the most part the mannequins aren’t the main focus of the dream but they add a dark twist to the story, when the mannequins are the main focal point that’s where the dreams become very elaborate and interesting, I almost look forward to see where my dreams will take me now that the project is becoming darker and more sinister.

Fixing an old friend…

So I have had my mannequin for quite a while now (a month and a few weeks) and it has been really fun and exciting to use her as inspiration and to create samples using her, the works I tend to be most proud of tend to be the ones that I used her either physically, or as the base for an idea.


Unfortunately about a week ago a student in the class decided to use her without my permission to create a sample and while this student was creating the sample they broke the mannequin. The mannequin is covered in scratches and had holes and cracks all along the lower back, it also had a few minor holes and cracks on the arms.


Obviously when I saw them using my mannequin without my consent and damaging her, it frustrated me but I shouldn’t of let it affect me so much, I should’ve taken it as a compliment that a fellow student wanted to use my mannequin (because its a really good one) to create great samples because they saw how well mine came out.

I used a wall filler to fill in the holes and cracks, unfortunately on the first day that I started I didn’t have any sand paper or files to sand down the excess of the filler, but even then, once I got the sand paper I managed to do 2/3 layers of the filler and sand it down so it was all smoothed out quite quickly.


(The pictures are from when the first coat of the filler was done, it is all now smoothed out and all the cracks and holes are filled.)