For my next body of work exploring portraiture - both literally and in creating a portrait of the medium - I'm playing with 3D forms. These works will compliment the more complex, time-consuming relief works. I've acquired several canvas milliner's hat blocks, which are roughly head shaped and have begun embellishing them with vintage needlework and beadwork. They are filled with a straw substance, or foam and so are easy to pin in to (the black on black piece is a velour and foam shop-display head). Below are some photos of the heads in progress - none are finished, and I'm finding they are all playfully fun to work with. And, I hope they will bring to mind such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Ah Xian.