The corruptions of my youth, comic books, Creepy’s and Vampirella’s, horror and science fiction movies and books, I learned were not the inspirations of true artistic effort. My high school art teacher made that plain. For years after, I had an “on again off again” relationship with my artistic path, painting and sculpting more conventional themes.
However, a few years ago I found a blog while satisfying my childish infatuation with Halloween. An artist called Pumpkinrot was sculpting and constructing intense, macabre scarecrows and other Halloween props in such a fearsome, natural, organic style that the creations seemed alive, or at least to have once lived. As so many others have been, I was captivated by his work.
“Roots” by Pumpkinrot.
Above: The photo is from his blog and reflects his unique theatrical flare. Fantastic, huh?
These are supposed to be Halloween “props,” but I know fine art when I see it. I made two “props” for my own Halloween Night after his style and felt energized by the experience. The shackles of the Gallery People rotted and fell from my mind.
Smilin’ Jack. Just a jack-o-lantern head on a stick.
This simple jack’o lantern prop changed my artistic mindset. It was a fast, fun build, and had the same effect on me as one of those exercises writer’s use to break writer’s block. It is fun to make monsters. I knew that as a kid; I’m not sure how I let convention stifle that.
Smilin’ Jack lit up!
The photos below show the next prop I made in ‘Rot style, a corpse-on-a-stick.
Hybrid corpse on a stick.
Hybrid Corpse in Progress
Anyway, if you like this stuff, you must check out Pumpkinrot. He is a true master. His photo sets and videos are intense and remarkable, his work featured in two movies (Mr. Jones and Krampus) and record covers. Thank you, Pumpkinrot!
I will leave you with one more of his . . .
Pumpkinrot’s iconic Pumpkin Sentinels.