Making People #1: Lisa Lichtenfels, figures in fabric

Lisa Lichtenfels makes people out of stiff wire armatures, cotton batting, and nylon stockings. I have seen these sculptures with my beady, bloodshot eyes, and they are distressingly realistic. They have great presence. 

I spend a lot of time fiddling with details to make characters seem real in various ways. Human beings are powerfully imitative; what we see or hear or sense, we want to represent, whether visually, verbally, or in some other descriptive fashion. We have a potent fascination with recreation of what we experience, whether it's drawing the human figure, creating texture with oil paint, or inadvertently dueling with selfie sticks in crowded tourist attractions.

 Making people is a particular fascination of mine. I have funneled all the energy of what I call my Obsess-O-Matic into doing this with pencil and pen, but in between drawing projects, or when I'm feeling burned out, I find the Obesso-Ray seeking other ways to do this. I have nearly zero sewing skills, so I'm not gonna try to get the same effects that Ms. Lichtenfels has achieved. Look at thiiiis: Empress Livia 

And thiiiiiisss: En Pointe

And THIIIIISSSSS: The Calligrapher 

Her narrative descriptions are a little cringey, but her work itself is stunning. She approaches the making of her figures as I do: as the making of people. She's brilliant.