Part one is here
Part two here, and
Part three here
and Part four is here.
For my very last semester at MCA all I took was my painting seminar class. With my previous semester away from the painting studio, I was anxious to start on my thesis work and I knew exactly what I wanted to be making. While doing research on how to construct my dioramas, I found a toy theater book at the library. It is called Toy Theaters of the World and in it, it had images like these:
|I was instantly drawn to the pictures in the book, and I loved it so much I actually purchased it, which is huge for a cheap-o like me. Especially since it is out of print.|
The toy theater was the perfect medium for what I wanted to communicate about my dad. Looking at them made me nostalgic for childhood in a similar way that thinking about my father does. They are also self directed, literally in that the person who plays with the theater is acting as director, actor and audience all in one, which I thought made sense with my memories as well. Plus they are just simply joyful, fun little things.
|This is the picture that gave me the general idea for how I wanted to construct my theaters for my thesis show.|
At graduation I was very fortunate to receive a traveling fellowship, so 6 months after I was done with school I went to Prague to take an intensive puppetry workshop taught by a Czech puppet master.
To be continued...