Made by Margarethe Brummermann
My first Paper mache sculpture, just about life-size. When it was in the armature stage, my gallery asked for ornaments, so I interrupted to make 20 hummingbirds. So by now the cat finished as number 21, I guess. I started with a card board cut-out following some photos I took in our nature preserve here in Tucson. But I quickly abandoned the restraints because free-shaping seemed more fun (maybe I shouldn’t have, it would look less goofy). I do not like aluminum foil, so I used newspaper held together in plastic bags for the armature. Plus string and thread. I covered it with 2 layers of newspaper strips ans then a layer of paper mache clay prepared by weight. That worked beautifully to add texture. I prepared the recopy twice and thus had enough for 20 hummingbirds and the cat. The eyes are glass cabochons that I reverse painted. It’s a technique used in taxidermy, but I painted the eyes very simplistically to keep the folk-artsy style. As for the local critics: one of my dogs hated it so much that I had to ban him from the studio (our patio) after I put the ears on. The Heeler Kira is guarding it like it’s a young animal of the heard.