Neil Dawson (born 1948) is a prominent New Zealand sculptor. His best known works are large-scale civic pieces crafted from aluminium and stainless steel, often made using a lattice of natural forms which between them form a geometric whole.
Dawson’s sculpture is individual, unique and easy to recognise. In fact his sculptures flout convention in their lightness of feel, their transparency and their escape from the conventions of earthbound pedestal-based display.
FRANKENSTEIN MUMMIES FOUND
An international team of archaeologists have discovered that two mummies found on an island off the coast of Scotland are, like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, composed of body parts from several different humans.
For example, scientists realized a female skeleton’s jaw didn’t fit with the rest of the skull, and after some DNA testing, they found that the bones had come from different people. In the case of a male skeleton, the parts were from people who lived hundreds of years apart.
The reason for this is still unclear.
"EVERYTHING HAS BEAUTY > Tattooed Leather Art"
55 cm x 34 cm
"Here is the rough sketch, line work on paper. The design has been transferred by hand to the leather. Half of the design outline has been inked.
This shows the inking. I first of all do the outline in one fine line. Then i go over and over the lines to create depth and thicker lines.
I then go around every line with a leather modeller. This smooths out any fibres and creates depth. I then depress sections of the design to give a contrast texture.”"In my work, I use leather as my canvas and a tattoo machine as my ink pen. This projects shows some ‘work in progress’ shots at the start. With the final piece at the end. The leather is premium veg tan leather, with Black ink. The linework is tattooed on using one needle. So, it is highly labour intensive, as i go over the lines many times. The linework is then traced with with modeller, and sections of the leather are depressed to create depth.With every piece i do there is always the danger of the tattoo machine spraying ink everywhere (and it did!) and not being able to get smooth clean lines, as the needle bounces off and tears into the leather.”