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Artists concept. ODYSSEY by Wyldheart & Wright
Odyssey – 1. An extended adventurous voyage or trip.
2. a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone
This series of artwork is drawn from Claire Wyldheart’s visionary journal that contains her encounters whilst on shamanic travels. These soul flights are then transcribed by Claire into custom dolls and toys, sculpted with clay, augmented with 3D printing and dressed in handmade clothing. The dolls are then handpainted by Will Wright, photographed and digitally collaged, with hand stencilled lettering completing the final image. The striking designs evoke album cover illustration, psychedelic tarot cards or legendary rave flyer art.
I moved to face a golden throne curious to see who was sitting in it, at the same
time a one eyed entity leaned out of his seat to take a good look at me. His skin
was translucent white and in the centre of his round face, just above his impressive beard and moustache, was one large green/gold eye piercingly beautiful in
colour and intensity. The entity’s human male body was dressed in a moss green
floor length robe and on his head he wore a breathtaking sun crown which shone
with ethereal energy. I had the feeling that the entity was incredibly ancient
and that I was in the presence of a divine being, a lost deity connected to the
mind expanding psychedelic mushroom.
Will Wright is a contemporary British artist, filmmaker and activist.
Growing up amongst his father's print business, ink was in his blood from a very early age: experimenting with letraset, markers and ink, as a child.
Influences such as 2000AD comic book, Trash VHS video tapes and Electro Hip Hop led Will on to directing music videos with notorious metal band Cradle of Filth, British action star Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Game of Thrones) and a host of UK talent. Art activism and esoteric study has led Will back to fine art with work that draws upon his wealth of experience.
His artwork incorporates symbolism derived from ancient spirituality, Northern European folklore and mythology within a distinctly urban context: Atomiser replaces spray can, tags become sigils and throw ups as shrines.
"Claire Wyldheart is an arts graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University where she also got to attend the legendary Hacienda club after years of collecting DJ mixtapes of early Acid House music as a teen. After a string of design jobs Claire followed her childhood dream and published her first children's book, I Have a Bear with Brolly Books whilst living in Australia.</span><br><br><span style="color: #000000;">Upon returning to the United Kingdom Wyldheart continued to develop original children's books and assisted Will Wright with filmmaking, providing art direction, costuming and set dressing on various commercial productions. This led to a collaborative partnership focused on making art informed by their shared spiritual practice. Claire incorporates dressmaking and sculpture into creating custom dolls and toys that reflect her shamanic encounters and insights. Wyldheart & Wright is the artistic partnership through which Claire and Will produce work drawn from the experiences they have whilst in ritual trance. The results mix folklore and occulture with toy art, doll photography, including influences such as rave flyer design and graffiti. Wyldheart & Wright have been publishing Wyrd throughout 2021, becoming a well regarded occult zine that discusses their philosophy, art and experiences.