Cryptozoology: Shrines of Legends & Lore

Sept 7-10, 2023

Schedule: 9am-4pm Thu-Sun

Instructor: Michael deMeng

Registration Deadline: Aug 28

Description

Everyone has heard of the Loch Ness Monster, the Abominable Snowman, or Big Foot, but it’s surprising how many types of mysterious beasts people believe to roam the planet. The technical term for such a critter, a “cryptid,” is described as creature said to exist but is … yet … unproven. In Wisconsin, there is the devilish Hodag, Mexico and the Southwestern states have the goat-stalking vampire, the Chupacabra, lurking below the waters in Western Canada is the Ogopogo lake serpent, and who could forget the red-eyed Mothman of West Virginia? By land, air, or sea, they seem to be everywhere … yet they elude us. In this workshop, in honor of our secretive friends, you will create a shrine to commemorate a cryptid of your choosing. This could be from local lore or legends across the globe. Using found objects, clay and paint, you will become artistic cryptozoologists and create shrines for our shy and beastly neighbors.

Class size 20

Level Novice and above

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  • Tuition $600

Instructor

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Michael deMeng

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada, who exhibits and teaches throughout the world. He has three books exploring his methods: Secrets of Rusty Things, Dusty Diablos, and The Art Abandonment Project, published by NorthLight Books. In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning.…Read More

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada, who exhibits and teaches throughout the world. He has three books exploring his methods: Secrets of Rusty Things, Dusty Diablos, and The Art Abandonment Project, published by NorthLight Books.

In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. Often using myth and legends as source material, Michael uses his assemblages as metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

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Cryptozoology: Shrines of Legends & Lore

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