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Out of Eden, the Place in Time where Time Began

   by Kathleen Schonauer for Somewhere in Time (2015)

Steps in creating the serpent/dragon from paper mache began with drawing and cutting out a cardboard armature. Wire and EZ Shape clay were added to finish the armature.
Paper mache was created from the outer box and the EZ Shape clay box. Boxes were shredded and mixed with water and white glue. I covered the armature with the mixture, then, glued cut Popsicle sticks and the rope from the muslin bag onto the surface. Teeth and fins were cut from the painting board scraps.
I painted the dragon before the addition of wings or claws, which were made from Premo clay. Separate armatures for the front leg, scales, and a pediment for the building were also created.
The completed form was painted and attached to the cliff walls.
The cliff, rocks and waterfall began with connecting the wooden disc with a cardboard base made from the top of the mystery box. The aluminum wire separated the discs and was attached with EZ Clay. I created my own “tape” with paper from the kit and white glue to secure the armature. The muslin bag was opened, cut in half, stiffened with white glue and draped over the top disc. Cotton balls at the base provided the foaming effect.
Cliff walls resulted from the edges of the mystery box which were stripped of the silver coating—then painted. The rocks were torn from the foam pad—all was painted and glued together.
The tower was the final piece to complete. Once the aluminum bar was cut and polished, it was epoxied to the large wooden block along with the dissected cardboard mirror and parts of the transparent label from the box. Bare spaces were painted.
The tower was the final piece to complete. Once the aluminum bar was cut and polished, it was epoxied to the large wooden block along with the dissected cardboard mirror and parts of the transparent label from the box. Bare spaces were painted.
A small bridge was made from the little canvas and hardwood sticks to traverse the waterfall—the two remaining blocks were stacked and glued. Finally the tower was glued into place.

I was inspired by the Mesopotamian creation myth in which Tiamat, the mother dragon, created time when she created the Universe. I placed her in Eden, as the serpent, before she was punished by having her legs removed to only slither on the Earth. Eden in represented by the natural world. Up from Eden we see civilization represented by the building. She looks up to see how we are now established in Time--we cannot return to her. We can only live in our present
and imagine our future.

I was so excited when the mystery box arrived on my front porch. I found the materials another source of inspiration/motivation. What a great puzzle to solve.

 


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