The Doof Museum of Culture and History - established 2005
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These Doof sculptures were inspired by the traditional paper mache craft project of blowing up a ballon and covering it with the paper mache thus giving the artist a head shape to then create a self portrait or whatever creature that lurked in the student’s psyche. For my sculptures, I used a ballon that I coated with a glue of flour and water in which I dipped strips of the New york times.
The whites were cut out of the blank areas of the paper. The blacks were cut out from the photos and ads. I coated the sculpture with white wood glue for a sealant. Some of the pieces I cut out adverbs from the headlines and let those words float on the bases.
Due to an unforeseen problem with bug infestation, most of the Times Doofs series were destroyed. The artist learned a valuable lesson in why it is important to seal paper mache with paint or shellac. With out it, the piece becomes bug city. But that is another conceptual project better left for another day.