Burial Ornaments


Though most of the tomb stones aren’t finished until now, the atmosphere is raising.

I simply love the progress bars… Sometimes I don’t like to talk to much about what I’m doing right now, but the bars show the progress anyway. And today I suddenly realized how much I’ve already completed! I put the cemetery setting together as far as I’ve finished the single pieces and it looked like a real setting… Horray!

I had been to two film festivals as a visitor last week, to the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and to the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film. I had a great time there, saw countless numbers of (animated) short films, had the oppotunity to talk to animation artists like Bruce Bickford personally and yet I’m still inspired by all the artworks I’ve seen – some of them were just amazing!

I had a few new ideas for my film there, too, and after having a heavy cold for few days, I spent the last weekend completely in my studio to work on the settings. I made some props for the graveyard: a tree, a pieta-like sculpture of an angel, about twenty graves (which aren’ finished yet) and two picture frames of Orpheus and Eurydice for their home.

The sculpture is about 20 cm in height, and it’s one of my most favourite pieces so far. It’s important for the graveyrd’s atmosphere since I want it to be somewhat like Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris which is perhaps the most beautiful cemetery I’ve ever been to. Again, everything is made of cardboard, paper and wire covered with a thin layer of acrylics, watercolours and/or pastels.


Little, little things: the picture on the left is approx. 3,5 cm high. I used pin needles as nails to hang the pictures onto the wall.

16. May 2010 by Jessica
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Comments (5)

  1. the set(pieces) set a certain mood – the 3Dnes (?!) enhances the feeling of ’emptiness’ for me…
    very nice illustrations at the end of this blog too !

    and ‘oh – you met Mr.B… I guess there was the possibility to see his incredible pieces of art on a big screen; which must be an impressive experience.

  2. m_) So glad you can keep up with those bars letting us know you are working hard.

    m_) The atmosphere looks fantastic. I dig the trees for the most part, for some reason.

    m_) Ah, BRUCE!! —I may go visit him at his studio down in Seattle next week, but it will all depends on him, and whether he will tolerate me haha!

    m_) but this is amazing, Jessica, I can picture you being rejuvenated by the festivals, which makes me very happy. Big events where all artist meet certainly motivate.

    m_) You are clear example, although your motivation may come independently.

  3. Guys, thank you!

    It was great to see Mr B’s films on a big screen (again!). *Prometheus’ Garden* becomes more fascinating every time I watch it, there are so many things to discover…

    Dan, honestly, I don’t know where my motivation comes from… I just love what I do and I can’t imagine doing something else… I sometimes feel like [Frederick](http://www.amazon.com/Frederick-English-Leo-Lionni/dp/B003JPH0TC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274282770&sr=8-5)… Though I collect food …eh, work for my living as well…

  4. very nice!

    and I too like the progress bars…
    I have to ge ahold of those?

    where do you get them?


  5. Justin, hi and thanks!

    I first saw the progress bars on [Shelley’s blog](http://notesfromhalfland.blogspot.com), she linked to the code source there in her sidebar. But hers are coded in Javascript. Since I don’t like scripts too much, a friend of mine coded them in html and css for me. I just sent you the code via e-mail.