You know, you hear a lot about haunted houses but haunted vehicles are comparatively rare. You have a few ghost ships here ant there, and of course Stephen King’s possessed vehicle Christine and Pee Wee Herman’s friend Large Marge, but you’d think a few more ghosts would like to hit the road. So in honor of the ghouls with a wandering soul, I thought we’d make a mobile vehicle/Mardis Gras float for them to go cruising in. This will be done starting with a toy car, some doll parts and a variety of found objects; from there, using the process of assemblage and painting we will give everything an eerie makeover. When it’s finished you’ll have a Ghost Rider…a free spirit if there ever was one.
About the Instructor
Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator, he has been actively involved with VSA Montana, providing art education and encouraging participation in the arts to people with disabilities. Through these activities, as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience.
In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning.
These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.
- A toy vehicle. Could be anything with wheels. I’ve found the plastic preschool tonka truck works great.
- Variety of toy parts dolls parts, game parts etc. This could include anything from Hulk Hogan dolls to rubber chickens to model airplanes.
- Variety of other found objects that might be interesting additions to the toys. Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts….just about anything, really.
- Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)
- Optional Tools
a. Heat gun
b. Dremel with cut off wheel and engraving bit