Beet Guy

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I have a few oil paintings and sculptures that I’ve been working on for years. They’re projects just for me, no deadlines. Sometimes I don’t touch them for months, and I have to wash off a layer of dust before diving back in. It’s like seeing an old friend or talking with a past version of myself. This one is finally getting close to done. Still needs tiny pupils for those tiny eyes #wip 

Donut eating donuts

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I made this needle felted stop motion puppet a few years ago for Zombie Cat Studios. I used wire, mesh, and epoxy clay to build the armature, then sewed felt over it to give the loose wool something to felt onto. Tiny donuts by Rachel Gitlevich, animation by Tak Masuda and Brian Lonano.

 

Monster Mash Art Show

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Check out the progress on my piece for the upcoming sQuishiepuss Monster Mash Art Show! sQuishiepuss is doing an artist interview countdown–there are a lot of really talented people involved. Follow the event page for more teasers!

Here’s my interview:

1) Who are you?

Hi, I’m Rachel.  I’m a multimedia artist/ fabricator/ designer.

2) Artist medium?

I love learning new things, so I’ve ended up working in a bunch of different mediums.  My background is in drawing, printmaking, and photography, but now I primarily paint in oil on wood and create sculptures made from resin or wool.

3) Favorite Monster?

The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth.  He’s got eyes in his hands!

4) Describe your piece for the Monster Mash show? (This can be visually, or the inspiration behind it.)

I sculpted a brain with rainbows exploding out of it. The brain is made from a lightweight air-whipped epoxy clay, and the whole thing is finished with acrylics.  I enjoy things that are violently cute.

5) What is a fun fact about you?

I’m from the Atl area, but lived in Boston and then Chicago for a total of 8 years during/ after college. I got around on a bicycle, even in the snow, and usually lived on the third floor for some reason.  I miss the cities, but I don’t miss the snow.

Process shots

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I started out with a wire armature, then built up the form with epoxy clay. I textured the top part of the caulizombie by pressing the sculpture into a mold I created from real cauliflower.  After the final details were formed, I finished the sculpt with acrylic paint and varnish.

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