The mummies took physical form back in 1992 or so when after years of sketching and printing them, I finally had to actually build and handle them. I started with an initial gang of four:
But a few years later, they grew into a gang of 24 or so. Maybe 25, I lost track. While the original gang of four remain my favorites, the others I built with the purpose of being able to suspend them from a ceiling in a group arrangement. At the same time, I have been collaborating with a musician who is in the process of composing music for mummies. At some point, it is our hope that we will find a place to debut our collective work.
The next image illustrates the various stages of building a mummy. From right to left: Dowels, casing, filling and wrapping.
In order to speed up the aging process, I give their wrappings a good soak in coffee. I try to use decaf because I really don’t need the mummies to be running around at all hours of the night.
Mummy Close-Up shot:
Mummy Group shot: