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OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
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Kush: Gold,Iron and Blood by Sleetwealth Kush: Gold,Iron and Blood by Sleetwealth
6" polymer sculpture Ghost of Kush. This is my fantasy of what a dancer of that civilization looked like.


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cocacolatheblackone9 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist
wow! itīs just amazing. I feel something between fear and love for that creature..because in a way it is so ugly and in another way it is so beautyful!!
great work!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much:D I feel the same way. She is a ghost and so trapped looking as she did when she died,but was a dancer.
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cocacolatheblackone9 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist
Yes. But she is so beautyful. She seems to live in another world. Like sheīs away but her body still here. Wonderful. I love your works. How long did yo work on her?? I could imagine that this is a really difficult and hard work isnīt it??
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The faces take me 3-4 days of work.Thats maybe 5-8 hr sessions.with small breaks.
the whole figure can take me anywhere from 2 weeks to a month to paint ,wig and complete. it takes a lot of focus and discipline.
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cocacolatheblackone9 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist
That sounds very difficult to me!...Especially discipline^^"
Your works are so amazing and they reminds me on Alice in wonderland or a nightmare or a fairytale. So wunderful!
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Much of your work is lively and looks so very, startlingly organic. So far I feel like this one tops a number of your works in terms of believability. This bust looks as if it were truly alive. The shapes of her eyes, the look on her face, the starved, grayed and bloody skin, and what looks to be the fatal wound from her neck down. Creating life that once was is just as impressive to me as the creation of a being alive and ticking. I'd dare to say this is one of your best.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:) I feel so much pride for her.She is my most realistic creation and also one of of my more uncensored ones.
I think she passes through the art doll genre and enters almost a historical representation that I could see in a museum if it wernt for her being sheer fantasy!

I worry she wont sell like my cute ones do,but I had to make her now ,she was so strong and demanded it.
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You see, that's something that interests me now. You say that it's more "uncensored" than some of your other works and I wonder what those look like. I agree with some of the limits of this site, but it does prevent some good content from getting here. I tell you what though, though not museum worthy I'm sure historical aficionados would get a kick out of it.

Yea, cute sells pretty easy. But this is one I'd take home if I could. Not to mention it probably came out so well because you didn't cater to anyone that time. So great.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have some worlds in my mind that I explore. its gets very complex in ritual. the people there are different is all. Dark in aesthetic by our standards but, normal or highly honorable for them. We just dont understand and interpret it as horror. I dont.


I think I can post anything here.Its just a matter of me opening up.Some of my cute things are uncensored and from my heart too. The ones I made to sell were mostly sexy fairies because they were popular.Flame for instance is one of mine that is cute and strong!
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very enlightening. I tell you what though. For any degree of macabre I notice in your work, I haven't seen anything that I could call "ugly" or "unpleasant". It's an exotic, unique sort of beauty the way I see it. Not like that really matters what I think anyway. But, yea, there you go. Overall from the glimpses we can get through your work here, it seems like a beautiful world to me.

Well, if it's just a matter of keeping some of your work to yourself, that's alright with me. I know someone who has much work that's never and probably never will make it here and there's no problem with that. As for Flame. Cute and strong indeed. That's one of the things I love about your sculptures, they possess great strength, and I love strength in women.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The macabre is a suggestion rather than literal. I dont really do ugly or grotesque,but I see beauty in unusual places.

It is a beautiful world. No I dont keep it to myself ,but at one time my mother said she was afraid for my soul and a couple people said things about my art that hurt me. that it was evil that I was sick etc. so I stuffed the dark things and later when I wanted to do it again it wouldnt come out. So now Im on the path to pull things out again. Ive gotten stronger in the last 2 yrs.
my women are strong, willful and also vulnerable.
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I apologize for using the word out of context, I didn't mean it. On the other hand, I can relate to finding beauty in unusual places. It's usually my favorite place to look. It's one of the reasons I watch you and really appreciate your work as much as I can.

I see that you're yet another that has been suppressed in some why by an unfortunate circumstance and I'm pretty sorry to hear that. I admire that you're blossoming from that shell and rediscovering yourself. Anyone that embarks on such a journey is someone that deserves credit for their efforts. I hope you find those places and other things that you've lost your hold of. Also, your women are fantastic when you put it that way.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No apology needed.:)

I could never be fully repressed Ive made things since I was a child,but when I was young yes. I let people bully me into not creating what I wanted. I destroyed some of my paintings and art. I thought no one would ever like it or even try to understand. I made what people excepted. Landscapes, portraits boring art.

Here I am appreciated as is and that helps. Im already going deep now and will continue to go where ever the spirit says.
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JuliesArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
She really couldn't have turned out any better...from your description you have achieved exactly what you set out to do and she is so very life like!....truly an amazing piece!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I am fairly satisfied though I mourn just a bit the sweetness she had early in the process.
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
You've really pushed the boundaries on this one. She's amazingly real. I can almost see breath coming out of her mouth. Stunning piece :heart:




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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. A little bit boundary pushing towards the end. I had a pretty lady and then I just had to cut apart the nice neck I made.

Because she was to be Frida Kahlo to begin with that theme carried through. I had chosen to show Frida the day she lost her virginity. If you know about her accident then the wound in her chest could be interpreted like Frida's wound from a beam impaling her body. Frida is said to have looked like a painted dancer as she was carried out.
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Yes, I've read her biography. That bit about the accident was horrendous, the pole came out through her womb! Made all the more surreal by the description of her being covered in gold dust, which a fella on the bus had been carrying in a paper bag.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It was horrendous and beautiful too and that moment began her being bedridden.
Yes the gold dust on blood. That the pole ripped through her so intimately and tore her clothes off! How did that all happen?! I still want to sculpt her that way,but it was her face that didnt want to work this time.Someone else decided it was their turn.
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
It's almost as though it was meant to happen so her art could be born! Drastic events! I can't help but visualise a freaky music box ballerina skewered on a bloody pole, twirling around! I look forward to seeing that sculpt.

I like how you associate an unknown entity taking over your sculpt. kind of sent shivers down my spine the way you describe it as being someone else's turn. I like that notion.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I agree. too surreal and dreamlike to have been random and pointless. Shocking how you describe it,but yes I wanted to show her right at that catalyst moment. Maybe a shadow box would be a better way to make her anyway.

Im like a conduit for characters.Some ideas are with me for years before I make them. After a while they gather bits of data that make them seem real.Not all of them,but the busts often. I think the larger size helps.
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nuintholiel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
She's glorious!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you sweet girl!
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EnnuiedImp Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome !
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hannastenow Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Looks very real! And beautiful. I like her blank stare.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I didnt get her stare at first ,but I understood after someone said "a trance". I think she is in trance state.
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zunraa Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really admire your work, this one is special, so realistic, so beautiful... :heart:
Would like to know more about the character, seems she had a sad lifestory.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Yes you can read some notes about her on Etsy and my blog. She was a Lion dancer and slave wearing only jewels and paint on her body.
She wears the white lions mane as a wig. The white lion is rare and its spirit when honored brings wealth and strength.

She died violently. I dont say how ,but you can see her throat and chest is cut open.

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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010   General Artist
Stunning work...the flesh almost appears to be flayed...like a fantasy vision of a macabrely beautiful creature:)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:) That is what I hope for!
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010   General Artist
:)...you succeed wonderfully!:glomp:
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