Here is some of my final work for second year sculpture. This one was a reaction to the possums and rats causing havoc in our garden. Here’s the statement:
I have been dealing with a rat and possum problem at my house and it has been said that the presence of human hair within a garden can deter possums from entering the area. I was inspired by the shamanistic and ritualistic imagery that it conjured up.
The objects I have made are a ritualistic, mythological and spiritual approach to my possum eradication. I have gathered various materials from my home and garden, symbolic of the area I wish to protect, and bound them along with my hair to create talismans that will be placed around my garden. I have drawn inspiration from various myths to give the objects power. Some forms represent an arrow; the symbol of Apollo who is also known as Smintheus, The Rat Killer. Other objects involve polished copper in circular forms as of the sun, another symbol of Apollo. Time will tell is the objects hold the power that they intend to.
Text reads: PLATE 134, – Ceremonial protective talismans of human hair, straw, wire, chicken feathers and plastic a, Ceremonial necklace of copper and human hair worn during cleansing ritual b, Tree hangings of human hair, wire and plastic c, Ceremonial ring presented during cleansing ritual to symbolise Apollo, the sun god, and Smintheus, killer of rats d, Small bundles of human hair wrapped in wire as made by children for ritual ceremony or domestic use e.