This set of puppets/sculptures is created as characters for my animated film Winter in Rainforest as well as an independent artwork, meant to exist also outside the film – sculptures that can be exhibited one by one or in pairs forming interesting relations in combination with each other. I am presenting them at exhibitions accompanied by the films or independently.
I always have characters and sculptures taking shape in my mind. In different materials, textures, colors. But each time one is formed in my mind it comes to life in movement and in scenes that I imagine and end up becoming a character of a film. This time I foresaw this tendency and decided to design the puppets to be individual sculptures besides performing as actors in my films.
For some years I have wanted to learn to work with porcelain and with these puppets now my wish has finally materialized. To make the puppets suitable for both purposes, being sculptures of aesthetic design and puppets for animation at the same time I used porcelain, silicone and aluminium wire for building them. Porcelain is not a common material to be used for stop motion puppets. It is too impractical for it is fragile and quite heavy for stop motion puppets. But I prefer natural materials for working because they are not contaminating the environment, last much longer than synthetic materials and are healthier and nicer to work with. Also with the wish to make those puppets also as sculptures I had even more excuses and reason to make them from porcelain. For some puppets I have also used silicone to make them flexible for taking any position needed that porcelain would not allow. I have used the silicone in a manner that immitates porcelain so that it is hard to tell the materials apart.