I've started a new video project! It's based on one of my earliest childhood memories: the day my dog died. My dog was mostly German Shepherd, but also part wolf, and I struggled to find a way to portray her in the video. Until I found a woman in Oregon on Etsy. She is a taxidermist and artist who creates, among other things, ceremonial headdresses. She happened to have a wolf who looked a lot like my dog. Only bigger.
I was relieved to read this on her Etsy site:
"...all natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, or secondhand sources such as fellow artists, auctions houses, estate sales, and antique stores."
I couldn't resist taking a self portrait wearing this beautiful creature. When I opened the box she arrived in, I literally jumped she looks so real and has such powerful presence.
As I worked on the video it was exciting to think about memory, and to try to recreate some of the experience of it through video. Did I have on shorts that day, or pants? Was it morning or afternoon? Was my mom there the whole time? Playing around with these ideas, my son appears (as me) in different outfits; we shot scenes at various times of the day; in some shots my son wears a wig, and in some he doesn't; etc. I am looking forward to editing it, and to doing one more shoot for it in the fall.