“The Selkie’s Longing”, Storybox Sculpture

Past Pieces

“The Selkie’s Longing” storybox. (now sold)
 
This storybox is full of folklore and passion for the sea, and has some wonderful details used in it. The Selkie is a an early 1900’s children’s toy seal, made from wire and composition. She is gazing longingly at the sea, I think in a quandary over to whether to shed her skin and become human, or to return to the sea. The sea is a wonderful late 1800’s distressed painting, set inside a vintage wooden engineers drawer. It stands on little bun feet, made from the heads of vintage chess pieces, and to the top I have placed a little decorative antique drawer handle. Inside, the Selkie is sitting upon a real state shelf, surrounded by real driftwood and rocks, which have been painted and distressed, and the surface of the grassed sea shore is made from spongy 1970’s trim, perfect for creating a seaweed and course grass-like surface. There are also little tufts of wirework and painted grass interspersed amongst it. As the selkie gazes out to see, her eye is caught by a ship in the distance. This is a modified vintage Monopoly counter, caught up in the waves. I am not sure this Selkie will stay on land, as the quote from Longfellow denotes, “My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me”.