21st Century Baphomet Picture

This has perhaps become one of my most defining works so far.
See more photos of it on my Tumblr costume blog 'Becoming the Myth':

What is '21st Century Baphomet'?

Baphomet a mythological figure conceived by magician Eliphas Levi iin the 18th century.Levi drew inspiration from numerous cultural symbols (particularly from paganistic, christian, astrological and alchemical origins) to create the creature as a representation of human intellectual divinity. I intended to make the creature more relevant to modern society and transformed it to have appeared deteriorated due to humanity's preoccupation with conflict. Although I exhibited it in the end as a sculpture, my true aim was to make myself become the sculpture, which the majority of these photos will show. From this aim I've referred to the piece as a 'theatrical sculpture'.

The 'Anatomy' of Baphomet

Many of the components to Baphomet focused on military aesthetic, most significantly the mask. Originally, Baphomet has the head of a ram (often misinterpreted to be of a goat) but this was replaced in my piece with a genuine gas mask; its filter has been removed to be replaced with the silvery material made to look similar to splatter masks, worn by tank-crews during WWI, to protect them from shrapnel. The maks itself was also the part of the sculpture that changed the most, as I originally thought of incorporating a real skull of either a ram or goat. However, to find such material was going to be difficult and would take up time that I could not afford to waste. I eventually settled with producing a 'tribal-esque' painting of a skull onto the gas mask and made horns from electrical wire.

The components for the torso and legs were a lot more straightforward; military trouser were worn as well as army boots (with metal 'hooves' nailed onto them) and the torso was wrapped in novelty bullet belts, that fortunately brought the right effect to the piece with no need for modification.

The final components to be constructed, the wings were easily resolved in terms of design, but became more problamatic with construction. A synthetic material was used for the 'membrane' of the wings and was worn and torn to show ruin. As a final touch, ash and bronzing powder was sprinkled onto the wings and them rubbed into the material.

I originally thought of having the photos taken with me wearing nothing but the components for th actual piece itself,excluding the black long-sleeve shirt. I thought that having my bare torso exposed, especially since I do have a relatively scrawny figure, the piece could have perhaps looked more deprived and even starved. In any case, the final appearance has been satisfactory, namely the mask.
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