Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 2

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Another comment on life inspired by Claudia McGill

I’ve been reading “Imaginary Animals” by Boria Sax, which is a goldmine of ideas, especially for my junk mail art.  The above creature on the right is based on the Iroquois monster Flying Head:  a giant head with wings instead of ears, long tangled hair, sharp teeth, and one set of reptilian arms or legs.  A little digging around online reveals a bunch of tribal stories about this man-eating beast.

In one, the Flying Head drove an ancient tribe away from its hunting grounds in the Adirondacks and the land was always afterwards considered cursed.  Three hotels have been built on that location; all have mysteriously burned down.

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A common element in many tales involves a woman eating acorns roasted in a fire which is supposed to have finally driven the monster away, as it was scared of a human who could seemingly eat hot coals.  This drawing is the Bureau of Indian Affairs ethnographic sketch that sparked my interest.  Rather Edward Gorey-like, no?

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23 responses to “Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 2”

  1. weisserwatercolours says :

    … fascinating! I partially grew up in the Adirondacks, so this is really so interesting.

  2. Sand Salt Moon says :

    Great primitive art! So original … seems so simple but yet is highly creative. And oh so engaging.

  3. Teresa Robeson says :

    Very Gorey-like! That Imaginary Animals book sounds like a hoot and it’s inspired such cool art from you! Maybe after you’re done, you can read the book Dictionary of Imaginary Places and do some art from that? 🙂

  4. Sharon Mann says :

    Wonderful Kerfe, you and Claudia are Junk mail Art kindred spirits. Your research sounds fascinating.

  5. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Sooooo interesting! I love what you come up with …wonderful!! ❤️And the reference is so Edward Gorey! But the story is the most fascinating part of all. These legends are such great inspiration for art! Nice!!

  6. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    So interesting and wonderful art!

  7. Cathe says :

    Wow, so interesting! The connection and inspiration from your work to the original illustration is so cool. The monster, A woman eating hot coals…acorns, its just so fantastic!

  8. Claudia McGill says :

    Got to say a major thanks. I am amazed you got this idea from my tiny card. I love what you did and the depiction of the character is – I don’t know what to say – full of life? Looks like it could come right out of the legend and start to speak. I also liked the historical info and the image from that, too. Thank you.

    • memadtwo says :

      Major thanks from me for all the ideas you’ve given me. I’ll be doing more…when time permits. I have a project I need to devote some time to next week, and then my daughter is home for spring break and there are a bunch of things we need to take care of. But I won’t let too much time lapse in-between! I love doing the research, almost as much as the art. The world is such a strange and interesting place!

  9. Jodi says :

    so interesting and intriguing! I love wondering what unique art you will be up to each day Kerfe! always something fresh and new and exciting! 🙂

  10. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    These are terrific! Just wonderful. You two should do an exhibit together!

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