Laocoön at Mardi Gras

   by Rebekah Salazar for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: Laocoön and His Sons

Inspiration Artist: Unknown

First I decided I wanted to reinvent Laocoon and His Sons because it’s a classical piece that hasn’t been overused in parodies and popular culture. Turning the serpents into a single feather boa was a natural progression. The feather boa brought to mind the occasions people actually wore boas, and Mardi Gras came to mind. This also lead me to the idea that the celebration of Mardi Gras is a modern version of a Grecian symposium.
Secondly, I twisted the wire into three figures to form a kind of core for the molding clay to stick to. I added the clay bit by bit as I melted it with wax-carving tools and a glass alcohol lamp. I froze the pieces overnight and then painted them with acrylic paint. It took several layers to cover the natural clay color.
Thirdly, I soaked the rope in hot water and red food coloring for two hours. During that time I made the necklaces out of the pellets after they soaked in hot water. I also painted the necklaces with acrylic paint. I cut and painted the canvas then glued it down. I cut the blocks of wood into the pedestal for Laocoon to sit on and another two blocks glued together for the base for the sons to stand on.
Lastly I hot glued the figures to the base and pedestal. I also glued the rope and necklaces to the figures.