Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a new Pride (a gay lion in rainbow colours) as a housewarming gift for my son and his partner who are building a house near Melbourne. I plan to show it as a Fabulous Beast in the exhibition and then it will go to Australia. Matthew and Casey met in Dubai while working as Cabin Crew for Emirates, so the work includes their crew name badges and some Emirates buttons, as well as Matthew’s bright orange crew badge from his previous time with easyJet.
It also incorporates things to represent their different nationalities – for Matthew, a red London bus, red post-box, Big Ben, Union Jack flag, London 2012 Olympic keyring and Father Christmas. For Aussie Casey, a crocodile, parrot, kangaroo and koala.
The lion’s mane is full of characters from TV and Disney films like Shaggy from Scooby Doo, Homer and Marge Simpson, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, Fireman Sam, Peter Pan, Spiderman, Power Rangers and Noddy. It’s quite a fun crowd! (Of course there is also ‘filling’ with non-relevant objects like dinosaurs, beads and plastic sausages!)
Image to follow soon …