Zombie As Time Capsule in Unstandard Time

Morbidity as an art form. Decomposition as composition. Shain Erin’s morbid art dolls. Handmade reconstructions of civilizations that are imaginary and never existed. In the absence of factual evidence, they could not have been created out of the void.Somehow the aesthetic form was imparted from a cosmological source. Are they drawn from a recess of dissociated memory,a representation of  a personal and social collective unconsciousness?erin3

Partially influenced by world art, pop culture and mythology, Shain Erin produces art dolls that evoke at once a primitve, sideshow aesthetic and a childlike innocence. Their withered heads and raglike bodies are carefully crafted from a variety of materials including found objects, fabric and paperclay. Shain then ages them using various techniques to give them the feeling of antiquity.Part dark whimsey and part assuming  a character beyond the artist’s control. Another possibility of modern science catching up with ancient knowledge.

”I’ve always been fascinated with world art and mythology and for about the last ten years I’ve been concentrating on exploring and defining a personal mythology and “history” while honoring and referencing existing world art traditions. . For that reason I refer to my work as Neo-Mythic and see myself as a creator of artifacts that never were.For the last several years I’ve been preoccupied with dolls: I see them as a long under appreciated art form with virtually unlimited expressive possibilities. I’m inspired by traditional world art figures (kachina, bochia, nkisi, namchi, shadow puppets, etc.) while working to push the boundaries of what a “doll” is as far as my imagination and skills will take it.” ( Shain Erin )

Shain Erin, Zombie Doll

Shain Erin, Zombie Doll



  Based on a book of Romanian Mircea Eliade, the film Youth Without Youth by francis Ford Coppola, uses a protagonist, professor Dominic Matei, to pursue an anthropological studies of linguistics. The subject of time regression is unavoidable  in Erin’s dolls. Matei had comprehended  the fate and history of mankind through a completion of the circle of knowledge which passed  through Hindu, Buddhist, Sanskrit, Egyptian, Babylonian and older non repertoired cultures. Erin’s work seems located in the intemporal and mythological;  a compelling narrative on the nature of time, mystery and secrets at the cusp of    ancient cultures; a conjunction of mythological existential truth and continuous social history. 

”I see the mummy figures as offerings to honor (and appease) the many restless spirits that haunt the world and I’m always amazed at the personalities that come forth in the process of sculpting their little faces. Each one seems to have a story it wishes to tell . . . as well as secrets it intends to hold against eternity . . .”

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One Response to Zombie As Time Capsule in Unstandard Time

  1. Suzanne Meunier says:

    You will be surprise to hear that we are all Zombies on this earth !

    We look like being alive,but in fact we are death….living dead…..zombie.

    According to the Tanach and the B’rit Hadashah (the Bible),the real death is the eternal separation with G_D.

    “From the heaven Adonai observes mankind to see if anyone has understanding,if anyone seeksG_D. But all turn aside,all alike are corrupt;no one does what is right,not a single one.”

    “All have sinned and come short of earning G_D’s praise.”
    “For what one earns from sin is death”
    “You used to be dead…..You walked in the way of the ‘olam hazeh and obey the Ruler of the Powers of the Air…..In our natural condition we were headed for G_D’s wrath.”

    Here is the GOOD NEWS :
    This state of Zombie does not need to be ours for the rest of our life !!!!!

    “For G_D so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son ,so that EVERYONE who trusts in him may have eternal life,instead of being utterly destroyed.”

    “By G_D’s grace,without earning it,all are granted the status of being considered righteous before him,through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah Yeshua.”

    The prophet Ezekiel saw in a vision full of bones lying in a valley,and they were so dry! Then he heard a noise,a rattling sound;it was the bones coming together,each bone in its proper place.
    Ligaments grew on them,flesh appeared and skin covered them;but there was no breath in them.So,he prophesied as Adonai Eloim ordered him,and the breath came into them,and they were alive! They stud up on their feet,a huge army !
    These bones are the whole house of Israel;…….

    “Arise,Shine (Yerushalayim),
    for your light has come,
    the glory of Adonai
    has risen over you.
    For although darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness the peoples;
    on you Adonai will rise;
    over you will be seen his glory.Nations will go toward your light
    and kings toward your shining splendor.”

    So,finally,to be or not to be “Zombie” that’s the question ?????

    “I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death……Therefore, chose life,so that you will live ! ”


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