Mixed Media Monday – Black Locket

It is Mixed Media Monday. Today‘s featured piece is Black Locket. Its inspiration came about from the surprise acquisition a white resin lock and a metal corner accent piece as well as moderately-obsessively listening to Carach Angren’s album, Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten. I had a lot of fun constructing this piece including breaking and staining the resin lock, distressing the printed Ouija board design, and creating an Ouija board planchette out of seed beads.

This piece consists of an 8” square stretched canvas, acrylic inks, soft body acrylic, paper, black tourmaline chips, glass beads, resin, and metal then sealed with an acrylic overlay. Black Locket recently found a home, amongst Carach Angren merch, with a friend of mine.

Mosaic Monday – Carach Angren

And it is done. This project took a long time because I would do a little of the work, set it aside awhile, then work on it a little, rinse and repeat. (So many little black glass beads!) I’m delighted by the end product. I hope Carach Angren will like it too as I intend to gift it to them during the Denver stop of their Pitch Black Horror over North America tour on October 6th.

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The wood box is 15.25 cm by 22.86 cm by 5cm in size and painted to look like a ‘Pitch Black Box‘. The center design is modeled after Ouija board planchette. The Taurus charm represents Namtar and the Scorpio charms represent Seregor and Ardek. The skeleton hand appears as hand trying to escape the box, a hand working to traps souls in the box, and as a nod to the band’s aesthetic with skeletons and corpse paint. The hematite stars pay homage to a portion of ‘The Shining was a Portent of Gloom‘, on Death Came Through a Phantom Ship, He looks at the stars with their comforting glare. But the lights above that once guided him home, scattered and shattered, are no longer there. Now dawning upon him like rays of the sun, his state and his fate cannot undone. The black glass skeleton heads are lost souls trapped within the box. There are black boxes within the black box. Quartz lies beneath the skeletal hand. Quartz is often used to dispel evil and magic spells – either isn’t working or the hand is up to something (Charlie, is that you?). Round Onyx gemstones represent the astrological water sign of Scorpio. Onyx is often used as a stone for anchoring the self and energy. The black roses represent the earth, death, and that there is beauty even in decay. The single white rose represents the 13th Tarot Card – Death. Death is often depicted on the card with a single white rose. The card represents change or stagnation and the rose means immortality. Change, stagnation, death, and immortality are all themes within Carach Angren’s music.