"Alca Arcaica" by Lana Crooks
– Work From the 2016 Iceland Residency –
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Hand-dyed wool on brass under glass dome
5” x 5“ x 5”
About this piece:
I wanted nothing more than to see a colony of puffins, they were always just far enough (and fast enough) to avoid me getting a good look. The only one I got to see up close was in the Field museum's specimen collections.
About this artist:
Lana Crooks loves the antique, the creepy, the cute and the mysterious. Constructing creatures from fabrics and found objects, she is a purveyor of faux specimens and soft curiosities that are a blend of science and fantasy. Sought after for her pattern-making abilities, she frequently teams up with other artists to breathe three-dimensional life into their illustrations, earning her two Designer Toy Awards. She enjoys drawing from real specimens in dusty back rooms of Chicago's natural history museums but, on an average day, you can find her in the studio surrounded by skulls, old books, aging fabrics, and a cat named Tanuki.
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