Props play a big part in the ‘She Melts’ performance and being a visual artist as well as a performance artist, I just wanted to make everything by hand!!!
The wooden boxes represent my memories in the story and also become the fairy tale ‘path’! Their contents are key to the story.
Maleny Woodcrafters Group taught me how to make wooden boxes right from shaping the timber and offered me so much help along the way, especially the president of the group Ray Ellemor. Many thanks for your help fellas, you’re a mighty skilled bunch!
The doll represents the intuitive voice and is a friend in the story. I hand built her from porcelain many years ago but only put her together with a cloth body recently for this show. Her style of her dress is old world Eastern European as she is inspired by the Russian story Vasilissa The Brave.
The bluebird represents my imaginative spirit. Fran Carr, my good friend and art buddy, suggested I make it from paper mache and feathers after seeing her daughter Anika create with it. I love the childlike naivety of the bird which is a perfect reflection of the playful spirit.
The skull was cast from porcelain slip. Wayne Markwort, Fran’s husband, made a mould of the Yaga’s skull for me that I then poured the slip into. The idea is from the story Vasilissa the Brave who is given a skull of light from Baba Yaga. It represents seeing the truth in the shadows and I dance with it in the show.
Writing this post made me see how others have helped and influenced this whole process. Thank you my lovely friends!