I’m excited to be a part of a geeky gallery show at the Screenland Crossroads here in Kansas City on Friday. I have three pieces in the show and it’s for one night only. The gallery is part of A Night of Scott Pilgrim which includes a Sex Bob-omb cover band, a video game tournament, and a showing of the film itself.
This combines my two obsessions from last year- Doctor Who and Portal 2. The Doctor travels with a companion, and Portal 2 has a companion cube, so I had to go there.
Super Mario 3 was one of my favorite games growing up. I loooooooved the Tanooki suit, and fell in love with the idea of felting Mario in the suit. I wanted to make it more substantial, so I felted a little hill peeking above the clouds. I added the fire flowers to the hill, but I’m not convinced that they read as fire flowers- it makes the hill look more like a flowering cactus. I really enjoyed working on this one, and I have a couple of ideas for other pieces similar to them that I hope I have time to make soon.
This last one was inspired by another of my favorite video games as a child. Earthworm Jim. It had an impression on me growing up. I had never seen a game like it, and the art by Doug Tennaple was gorgeous! I remember drawing and re-drawing the loading screen, and working on this piece made me realize that it influences how I draw astronauts.
It also had an amazing ending. (do I add a spoiler alert if the game is over 15 years old?) The very first thing you do in the game is drop a fridge on a catapult which would launch a cow. You don’t see her again…until you beat the game. You finally rescue Princess Whats-her-name, and she’s about to reject you even though you just saved her when the cow lands on her. I figure they would end up hanging out after that.
I’m excited for the show, if you are in the KC area- you should come out!