Tyler James Bush | Individual Items and Their Meanings
I have been described as a Modern Renaissance Man because of my wide range of interests and talents. I'm eager to learn new traits, and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty. The arts are my passion, and since a young age, I have been building and creating in a myriad of mediums. Whether I'm working at a desk, in a shop or outdoors, I'm comfortable using the tools necessary to get the job done. I hold degrees in Small Business Management and Computer Animation, and for the past 14 years, I have owned and run a multimedia company. I'm confident I can do any job I apply myself to—and do it well.
Tyler James Bush, Artist, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, Deer Lady's, Deer Ladies, Claytown, Clay, Modern Renditions
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Individual Items and Their Meanings

Boise Weekly Cover October 2011 – I was honored to be selected as a Boise Weekly Cover Artist.

Plates – The inspiration here comes from my grandmother’s plate collection. This is a lost art.

Copper Lamps and Edison Bulbs – Influenced by Steampunk style, these are elements from the Victorian Era. I believe that, given the Deer Ladies’ situation, lamps like these would be the result of their resourcefulness.

Black Skull – Placed in every shot to represent the past

View Boxes – These were conceived in the wee hours of the morning on a trip back from Los Angeles. Jed Lloyd helped the concept of these become reality.

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Music – Music from the early 1900’s sets the tone, combining eras and environment to create an ambiance unique to “Home on the Strange.”

Woody Allen, from Manhattan to Midnight In Paris

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Original 16 plus Friends – An album containing the original photos of the women was purchased in Upstate New York.  Pictures date back to 1823.

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Mounted Deer Head – Sally Freeman’s creation. I recruited Jed Lloyd to help transform her into a living antlered sculpture.

DSC_1155Padlock – The week before I dreamt about what would become “Home on the Strange,” I was in San Francisco with my friend Andy Hedden-Nicely. I was intrigued by a padlock we saw. Trying to understand my fascination, he asked, “Why?” I replied simply, “For use in an art installation.” Two months later, he gave me a gift: that lock. It has been in every installation of “Home on the Strange.”

The Dummy – The dummies were inspired by the movements of animatronic robots (similar to those used in early Disney rides). I portrayed The Dummy in the first video element I created for “Home of the Strange.”

Old Camera – Paying homage to photography

Books

Barnes on the New Testament: Revelation – Isn’t this a book about the end of days?

From Out of the Yukon – The world of the Deer Ladies is frigid cold

A Chance to Belong – Once the Deer Ladies began to grow antlers, they became outcasts. They only want a chance to belong.

Taxidermy – How do you think I learned how to mount Deer Ladies’ heads?

The Mystic Scrolls: A Book of Revelation – The title intrigues me. It is similar to The Secret.

Quotations – I use a lot of quotes in this series, none of which I got out of this book.

Costume

Peacock Victorian Suit/Dress – Similar to the dress Rose wears in the opening scenes of the Titanic, I carefully selected the pattern and fabric while a local seamstress helped me realize form.

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Gold Victorian – Again made with the help of a local seamstress. This dress was originally designed in a Marie Antoinette style.

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Black Victorian – This was the first purchase in the “Home on the Strange” collection.  I found the dress online and completed the look with accents and accessories I created.

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