I’m happy to announce a new entry to the Collect Call of Cthulhu: this dynamic work by Curt Chiarelli. Curt actually sent it in on Sept. 30, and it’s been moldering in my inbox, so it’s well past time to get it posted.
There is a nice Lovecraftian flow to this piece. Here’s what I mean by that: at first it looks like a fairly standard humanoid Cthulhu. But then as you start to really see the details, it gets progressively less human and more disturbing. The triple eyes and vertical mouth are great. But the weird sucker-like tubes really put this over the top. Especially the ones on the abdomen–I don’t even want to think about what those might be for.
This may sound odd, but the hips and thighs really creep me out, too. In my day job, I lecture on lower extremity anatomy to med students, so I am intimately familiar with the bones, muscles, nerves, and vessels of the human hip, thighs, legs, and feet. And these are not human. Not like someone aimed for human and missed–they’re built on an entirely different frame, with wider-set hips and shorter, narrower thighs, reminiscent of birds and antelope and gomphotheres (the hips, anyway) and the Newborn from Alien: Resurrection (yuck). But at the same time, they’re similar enough that the wrongness doesn’t jump out at first glance–it emerges more slowly, inviting one’s mind down paths that stray horribly from what you think is going on at first. If that ain’t Lovecraftian, I don’t know what is.
Curt has a lot more Lovecraftiana and other radness on his DeviantART page (this Judge Dredd model is off the frickin’ chain). For more of Curt’s work in other realms, check him out on Smashwords, Animation Insider, LinkedIn, and see his work on Halo sculptures for Bungie.