Strange and lovely, Part One: Translucent bodies in the sculptures of Christina Bothwell

Christina Bothwell, 'Kundalini', 2011

Christina Bothwell, ‘Kundalini’, 2011. Cast glass, window glass, raku clay, found objects, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell, 'Samadhi 2', 2003-06. Cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell, ‘Samadhi 2’, 2003-06. Cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell's translucent glass sculpture of pregnant girl

Christina Bothwell, ‘Samadhi 1’, 2012. Cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell's translucent glass sculpture of cat girl with furry ears

Christina Bothwell, ‘Cat Girl’, 2009. Cast glass, raku clay, taxidermy, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell's translucent glass sculpture of octopus girl

Christina Bothwell, ‘Octopus’. Cast glass.

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A strange humanoid creature: Charles Waterton’s ‘Nondescript’

Weird humanoid creature made by Charles Waterton.

Charles Waterton, The ‘Nondescript’, ca 1824. (Wakefield Museum)

I think that probably every person, at some point in their lives, gets the urge to make their own ridiculously interesting creature out of the shaved a** of a monkey. (Right?) Well this grim little fellow is the product of that impulse, created around 1824 by an eccentric but well-respected 19th century English naturalist, Charles Waterton (1782-1865). Continue reading