A Mime is a Terrible
Thing to Waste, 2007
Ventriloquism and mime, certainly two acts
that don’t go
together. But in this case, it works as kind of the best of both
worlds. I love the ventriloquist’s strained, fixed smile
and his goofy hair. The head, hands and feet are cloth-covered
paperclay. (The faces are always a little creepy once the eyes
are in and the heads are just lying around.) His suit is made from
the most expensive fabric I have ever bought, and his shoes involved
multiple layers of punched leather from old gloves. He sits comfortably
on the chair I made with the aid of a very strong magnet in his
pants. The mime is just obnoxious enough and I think we can all
be thankful that he doesn’t move at all.
For a real treat, read Mary
article about these two in Art
Doll Quarterly Fall 2008.
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