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Choice or no, my heart is his

   by Terry Asseff for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Artist: Phantom of the Opera

I started with an important image, the mask. I formed the mask with the modeling clay and then painted it.
I really wanted to figure out a way to create the chandelier. So, I started by forming arms of the chandelier with the wire. Next I used a mold to create the fleurs which would be attached to each arm of the chandelier. Then I assembled all the arms with the floral foam and a dowel rod and added a little Elmer’s glue to hold them all firmly in place. I then made a mold for the crystals that would hang from each arm. I used wire in the middle of each crystal, made a loop with the wire and hung one from each arm.
I created the frame by making a mold of the corner of a photo frame. I then used the shredded newsprint paper to make paper pulp and pushed the pulp into the mold of the frame corner and allowed it to dry. I made four corners this way.
I then used wood cut into strips to create a frame behind the pulp frame to hold it all together and then used balsa wood for sides to create a sort of “shadow box”. I painted the sides a teal blue then printed a design on transparency film on an ink jet printer (toner printer would be breaking the rules since toner is not liquid at room temperature) and then transferred it to the sides that I had painted blue by rubbing it face down with my fingernail until all the ink is transferred from the transparency film. I used the biggest and heaviest block of wood to “anchor” the shadow box. I cut it into two pieces and then glued them to the backside bottom of the frame.
Since I’m a graphic designer, I created my own version of Christine on my computer. Then, I used the canvas board and painted a yellow background design. Then I printed my version of Christine on transparency film and transferred it to the painted canvas board. I then darkened the image with a black ink pen.
I used the Sculpey clay to create the rose, leaves and red hearts. I used the rope to create the stems for the leaves. Then I created a branch complete with thorns from wire and clay. I made a chain out of the wire to attach the hearts from Christine to the mask.
I went rummaging through my jewelry to find pieces that I could use to make molds. I successfully found some pieces that would work with the Phantom of the Opera theme, 2 different skulls, 2 different roses, an elephant and an angel pin, even a hair barrette. I made molds and used the clay to make multiple roses, skulls, etc. and painted and attached them to the frame. I used a dark brown paint thinned with water and rubbed into crevices to help bring out detail.
I took a piece of the cloth and first painted it with white paint and then gold. I created another ink jet transfer for the text (you have to reverse any text on the computer first because it will be flipped when you transfer it). I then transferred it to the painted gold cloth and darkened it with an ink pen. I took a piece of the box and painted it the pearl color, printed reversed text on a transparency and transferred it and used ink pen to darken also.
I used the dowel rods with clay to make candles. I then dripped Elmer’s glue down the sides so that it would give the appearance of dripped wax. I then painted them. I used wire for the wick and clay for the flames and painted them.
I used wire to form an armature for the monkey. I then covered in clay and painted. I hung the monkey from the chandelier.
I ripped pieces of paper from the box and made angel wings out of it, painted them and paired them with a molded clay frame with the words Angel of Darkness.
I made leaves with the Friendly Plastic Pellets using a mold from my jewelry.
Glue – used the entire glue stick (would have liked more) and used nearly all of the Elmer’s glue as well.

I chose to reinvent the conclusion of the Phantom of the Opera. I feel like Christine chose Raoul (her childhood friend) because he would be accepted by society. He was a “safe” choice . . . one where she hoped she could predict how her future would play out. But, by choosing Raoul she denied herself and the world the unimaginable potential for truly great work as well as a beautiful life with the Phantom. She knew that she had a connection with the Phantom, a mysterious and extremely powerful connection. So great was the connection that it caused her to lose control and as a result, Christine, not the Phantom, is ultimately the one that hides behind a mask. It’s amazing what we all are willing to sacrifice in order gain and maintain control over our lives.
So for my reinvention, Christine realizes that her heart truly belongs to the Phantom. She begins to fear that she is becoming the lie of the mask she has been wearing. She runs to the Phantom just as he is about to sink into reclusion forever, giving up his passion of the opera and music, but most of all the only love for him, Christine. She leads the Phantom out of darkness and opens his world to experiences he or she would have otherwise never known. Together they lead a wondrous life creating works of music that change the course of music and the future of the world forever. Now that’s real.

I chose to reinvent the conclusion of the Phantom of the Opera. I feel like Christine chose Raoul (her childhood friend) because he would be accepted by society. He was a “safe” choice . . . one where she hoped she could predict how her future would play out. But, by choosing Raoul she denied herself and the world the unimaginable potential for truly great work as well as a beautiful life with the Phantom. She knew that she had a connection with the Phantom, a mysterious and extremely powerful connection. So great was the connection that it caused her to lose control and as a result, Christine, not the Phantom, is ultimately the one that hides behind a mask. It’s amazing what we all are willing to sacrifice in order gain and maintain control over our lives.
So for my reinvention, Christine realizes that her heart truly belongs to the Phantom. She begins to fear that she is becoming the lie of the mask she has been wearing. She runs to the Phantom just as he is about to sink into reclusion forever, giving up his passion of the opera and music, but most of all the only love for him, Christine. She leads the Phantom out of darkness and opens his world to experiences he or she would have otherwise never known. Together they lead a wondrous life creating works of music that change the course of music and the future of the world forever. Now that’s real.

 


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