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Healing the Pains of Loss through Art...

My Sister, My Angel, My Light

My Sister, My Angel, My Light

For you Sis, I Love You, Always





For those who know me personally, and are close to me on social media, know that I just lost two very special women in my life. My one and only Sister due to metastatic breast cancer, and my Grandmother, who although was already struggling with declining health, I feel passed when she no longer felt my Sister's presence here on this earthly plane - they were very close. Feeling the magnitude of these losses so closely together made the entire world feel as if it had started to crumble beneath my feet. I'm still processing these losses, and thankfully I have a very good support system with a loving husband, beautiful children, and other family and friends who have been there for me. As an introvert, processing this type of pain is even more difficult for me. I have had to really fight not wanting to simply withdrawal myself and literally disappear. It's a pain that runs deep, and anyone who has experienced the loss of loved ones knows exactly what I mean. The roller coaster of emotions; going from happy memories, to regret, then delving into deep sadness, and even anger. It's been a very challenging few weeks, and I will always consider the year 2018 as the year I lost a major part of my heart and soul.

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The Secret of Kells inspired Aisling Pangur Ban

I have been working steadily for months on several different projects, and although I have previously officially decided NOT to post WIP's (work in progress) photos, I figured I would post a few of one of my current projects - just so you all know I'm still working at my craft!

This will be Aisling and Pangur Ban, my own vision of them, inspired by The Secret of Kells...

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Aisling inspired by The Secret of Kells Work in Progress... Aisling will be approx 10 inches tall and be standing next to Pangur Ban on this One of a Kind base which I have sculpted out of 2 part epoxy over wire armature, and painted with a wash of select colors such as raw umber and yellow ocher. The colors and patterns are all inspired by this fantastical Irish folklore theme, giving it an enchanting forest appearance.

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To WIP or not to WIP, that is the question! And the answer is....

I've been giving it a lot of thought lately and I feel that when I post WIP's or "Work in Progress" pictures of my work, it diminishes the magic that goes into that piece. I always liked to offer Work in Progress (WIP)'s because they allow others to see that I do not use molds, that I construct extremely durable work by using advanced armature techniques and high quality supplies, and to basically show where I'm at as far as progress during my work.  Not to mention, it's inspiring to hear others cheer you on with excitement as they watch your creative process. While all of these reasons are good to post progress updates, there is also something good about just unveiling the final work. So, with all that being said, I'm no longer going to be posting WIPs. I may offer a quick sneak peak of something once in awhile, but as a general rule of thumb, I'm just not going to do full WIP posts any longer. They are also very time consuming and it takes away from my sculpting/working time. Read more
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Alice Madness Returns (WIP)

Ok, so everyone who knows me personally knows that I have a rather strange obsession with any and all things "Alice". You will see a lot of my work is inspired by this childhood literary icon, but not all Wonderland's are created...equal. There is a darker side to Alice, which I find to be mindbogglingly intriguing. I fell in love with American McGee's Alice, which is a video game adaption of a darker story of Alice - although there is a light at the end of the rabbit hole...

This is my current WIP for Alice, dressed in her Royal Suit standing firmly against the forces of Wonderland with Hobby Horse (weapon) in hand. Handcrafted out of plain wood, wire, paint, clay and a few other items I found laying around...this piece is slowly but surely coming together...

Handcrafted Dark Hobby Horse by Kendra Gilbert

I will update this post shortly with progress. I like this shot below, you can see some American McGee Alice conception art peering in from behind the base with her big green glowing eyes...one of my most favorite inspirational images for her likeness...

Handcrafted American McGee Alice Inspired Art Doll Base by Kendra Gilbert
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