This is Emmaline. She’s 1.5m tall and a little bit wired, so dont mess with her. Her pose is based on Degas’ Little Dancer bronze sculpture in the Louvre – that stance gave good balance whichever way she is knocked. She’s made of various woods, newspaper and chicken mesh as a base; a wallpaper, paper mache, fake fur and cardboard exterior, painted with acrylics; and pingpong ball eyes. In the very old cartooning tradition of anthropomorphism/personifying animals – dogs playing cards etc, Gary Larsen in our time. The cat contributed the clawed toes – no respect!
Emmaline caused me to have a minor epiphany – my family was out on the night when I realised that I was a grown man alone in a big house on a Friday night massaging scrunched up newspaper and glue into the right size of breasts for a hairy emu wearing a flapper’s bathing suit. This seemed odd. So I stopped for a beer and some brief introspection. Came right again after 10 minutes. Maybe.
Emmaline is named after the Hot Chocolate song, one of the first I learned on the guitar.