I STAINED YELLOW KING WITH TURMERIC, THAT, MIXED WITH OYSTER SHELLS GAVE OFF A SPICEY DEATH SMELL I WILL NEVER FORGET!

I STAINED YELLOW KING WITH TURMERIC, THAT, MIXED WITH OYSTER SHELLS GAVE OFF A SPICEY DEATH SMELL I WILL NEVER FORGET!

THE YELLOW KING


lattice works-(devil nets) The calling card of the killer.

HBO


"Working on True Detective, has b​​een  one of the most intriguing artistic endeavors yet." In order to capture the essence of the killers calling card, I had to forget everything I have ever learned as an artist, and revert back to nature, beginning my search there. Focusing on roots, the lattice works (devil nets) began to take direction which would eventually lead to the bleached bones of driftwood, the labyrinth of CARCOSA. Over 3,000 pieces of driftwood, pulled from the Mississippi river, was used to begin the free standing structure in old Fort Macomb, a civil war fort built on the inland banks of lake Borgne, LA.

 When I first recieved the call from HBO, they told me they were interested in my sculptures dealing with found natural elements. It all started with a humming bird I made out of rocks, sinew, and parts of the yucca plant I found in New Mexico. Once they contacted me they gave the basic idea of what they were looking for, asked me to sketch some ideas for the antler crown and show them other examples of my work. Instead of sketches, I went directly into making a crown from the meterial collected in the woods and a pair of antlers. That was all it took, and I began a nine month romance with HBO. I say "romance" because it was like being in a fresh new relationship and had every aspect of it.

 I was not new to working with driftwood and found natural elements. I built a 23'x27' sculpture out of drift wood for New Orleans Prospect 1 and have built many alters for Sally Anne Glassman, the Voodou priestess of New Orleans. Most were built on the banks of the Mississippi, so when the river would rise, it would carry the prayers and alter with her. I would like to make it clear, however, that the work I did on this show, had  nothing to do with practice of Voodou and should not be thought of, or connected to it! That being said, i did try and make each piece like a shrine, incorporating  all the elements of nature and spirit. " I made what i thought was beautiful and simplistic, once it was taken out of my studio and put on location, they took on an entirely different context and feel.

 My two dimensional work for the show, however, was done in a way to disturb the audience. I needed to show the psychosis of a hideous human being. Primitive and raw, I used charcoal, a nod to the killers attempt at cleansing his conscience.



TRUE DETECTIVE-CARCOSA

joshua walsh fine art