The Dead Dreamer

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Date : 2020

“Ario-maru” attributed to Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1833-1835.

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” H.P. Lovecraft.

The new Cthulhu arrived. We wanted to elevate the ancient god to a whole new level.

Our first Cthulhu was a little more ritualistic just like an evocation pattern/ design. This new one has a shape of a statue, static and symmetrical – but somehow, by looking at his face we feel frightened, something seems to watch us; the tentacles seem to move. Is it really a sculpture?

The Call of the Cthulhu is Lovecraft’s most influential horror story of all time and a tremendous inspiration in our work. Depicts the figure of a forgotten god, almost indescribable, possessor of an ancient cult that aims to bring it back to life, triggering the end of humanity. According to one of Lovecraft’s sketches of it, Cthulhu appears sporting a head with octopus tentacles, multiple eyes, dragon wings and monstrous, misshapen body. 

“Le Poulpe Commun” from: Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliere, des mollusques, animaux sans vertèbres et a sang blanc. T.2 - Pierre Denys de Montfort (with Felix de Roissy), 1802 (illustration probably by Étienne Claude Voysard)
“The Octopus and its prey” - John Gibson, Monsters of the Sea, 1887.

“The Thing cannot be described – there is no language for such abysms of shrieking and immemorial lunacy, such eldritch contradictions of all matter, force, and cosmic order. (…) If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.”

For this new design we decided to follow his description as inspiration.
Our Dead Dreamer depicts the creature in its eternal sleep, like a frozen god in agitated sleep – dreaming to devour all life.

We also wanted to portray him as a devotional icon, a figure exhibited at the most grotesque altar. That way,  it shouldn’t be difficult to imagine a sacred place full of devotees screaming indecipherable chants towards the loathsome statue. 

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