Hi, I’m Artotem, the mascot for the Artotems Co. company. I am a fully articulated artist manikin (mannequin).
I began life as a tree, then moved to a gallery, and now can be found hanging out with the great people that make up Artotems Co.
Despite my wooden nature I do have some favorite pastimes and creative endeavors. Music has always been important to me. Long before I became what you now see me as I was a Maple tree located in a secretive wooded area in which a group of drummers and flautists often stopped by to play meditatively in the night. Hence, my love of drums and the flute. By the way, that drum is from the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. Nice! And then of course there is Art, but more on that later.
A Word about Mannequins (clears throat)
A Working Artist
And in Conclusion
Being an artist’s mannequin naturally leads to an interest in art. In my case it leads to a desire to work with natural materials. Often that work is with stone. You can see two examples below. The first is from a series entitled “Life Stones”. You can see more of the life stones series here. The second piece uses natural materials as well. It’s entitled “The Keepers Let Us
Encyclopedia: Surrealism. Philosophy. Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principal problems of life.
Links of Inspiration