it must be fairly obvious to those of you that come here that i rather like skulls. i can’t really account for it- whether it is the head-hunting heritage showing itself, an excess of heavy metal imagery or even a childish fascination with dead things. ah well.
these are made from polymer clay, four colours (red, black, white, blue) mixed and baked to harden. the top one is meant to be a mithun, the middle a unicorn, and the lowest a boar. they are fixed onto a bit of driftwood dee and i found in raglan.
while the choice of animals seemed instinctive at the time, in retrospect there are quite a few symbols and images that seem to weave through this combination. the choice of colours was conscious- the red+black+white are the colours of tino rangatiratanga, the flag of maori sovereignity, and the red+blue+white are the colours of the ‘official’ flag(s) of aotearoa new zealand.