Jan 16, 2013

Bathing the Aztec/Mayan Way.....

Unique, Creative, Historial, Thinking outside the box....
This is what crossed my mind when I came across this absolutely amazing bathroom through Altered Alchemy's Facebook page...I was so amazed at the intricate designs....Even more so when I found out that the artist, Alan Rogerson sculpted every inch of this himself....What patience & dedication....He also stayed true to the original look of the Aztec/Mayan design...



I asked Alan a few questions such as the construction processes on the bath & why he chose the Aztec theme... so in his words...
"As a renter, I was sittin' here in my bathroom, minding my own business, when by Divine Providence, I pulled on a paint chip and it went damned near to the ceiling. When I informed my landlady,she told me I could do anything I wanted to the bathroom. Rubbing my hands together with glee and an evil-sounding Laugh...I said,"Really!"
About six months later, she was over and I asked if she wanted to see the bathroom. She walked in and made a sound like someone punched her in the stomach, twice. That's all she said, but a mutual friend told me that she said it was fantastic. After working on the bathroom for a year and a half, I purchased the house. I spent many years and a small fortune in sculpting epoxy to sculpt over the entire room.
I'm similar to a closet archaeologist, but I have no intention of doing this to my closet. My skin may be white but my blood is red. I believe that I have worn Native American skin hundreds of times. My ancestry can be experienced by watching Braveheart. But that is not me. So why Mayan/ Aztec, I don't presume to know, except that it is something calling to me from deep within. This was long before anyone was talking about the End of the Mayan Calender.
Mostly, for sculpting, I used products from www.avesstudio.com. Apoxy Sculpt and Fixit Sculpt. They are completely non-toxic and have NO shrinkage. For the backgrounds in some places I used a product from Polygem called 307 FR Lite. It is Not non-toxic and is spread with a trowel. Nothing is made from molds. All is sculpted directly. All Pre-Columbian designs are reproduced faithfully to the originals.
I had Many synchronous experiences while making this, that point to my having been there. For instance, when I made the Vision Serpent, I needed a piece of jade looking substance for the eye. I knew I had something. All I could find was a little Buddha. I cut off his head and lower body and inverted his heart region. It looks like it was carved to be an eyeball...except that it has a capital letter T in the center. Two days later I read that if there was a capital letter T,in the eye, it was a spiritual Vision. Many times, I made a decision and two days later, read that this is what they did. This actually gets VERY personal and I won't bore you with details, but suffice it to say, I believe that I was wearing the skin that was buried under the pyramid painted in my bathroom. Ah Cacao, He of the Chocolate, was interred under one of the most famous Pre- Columbian pyramids in Guatamala at the ruins of Tikal."
 I have no doubt that he was definitely surrounded by the spirits of the Aztecs & Mayas as this creative process was ongoing... The detail is phenomenal.....




This shows the construction of the woman with the  rebar ....

Here she is completed...

I love how the workings of the bath are hidden such as this light switch..

The soap dispenser....


The toilet paper holder...

 When you turn on the bath the mouth of the Serpent opens...


The construction of the tub...

The door knob.... the mouth opens to lock or unlock it...

Laying down the floor over the original tile...

Every time I look at these pictures I see something new....I did ask Alan what the women had to say about it...They said it was a man's bathroom....It definitely has a very masculine appeal....Alan did say he had a bathroom for the women... Tho I would want a bath to decorate a dite more feminine, I would have no problem with a bath like this...Imagine being on an exotic vacation in the jungles of Mexico....(that might be my Aztec blood calling me...LOL) The only thing I would change...I would add more plants...


This really should be in an architechural magazine...It is just so amazing!!!   I want to thank Alan very much for letting me use his photos & the interview...It was really enjoyable...... For more photos, you can see them here.... Sculpting Epoxy available here : http://www.avesstudio.co.... 

I hope you have enjoyed this unique room as much as I have....

7 comments:

turquoisemoon said...

Absolutely amazing!!! It wouldn't bother me one bit...in fact I really didn't think it looked masculine at all. I'd take it in a heartbeat.

Lady of the Woods said...

Linda, this is an amazing find! I love seeing things out of the box, I live for that...it is rare to see though. This man is off the charts talented, creative and wonderful how he makes his vision reality! I've never seen a bathroom like that and I'm thinking he will be finding lots of work for renovators and designers very soon! thanks for this, wonderful!!

elizabeth said...

Truly awesome and even more so by virtue of having sculpted it himself! All the small features like the light switch and the serpent head water spout give it a real Mayan feel. Imagine-all this inspired by a piece of peeling paint. Gives new meaning to the phrase "scratching the surface". : )

Bohemian said...

Now that's a 'Throne'! *LOL* You'd NEVER get me out of the Bathroom if mine looked like this, I'd probably move in! I should Rent a Room to this Guy... a different Room every year in fact! What a Great Story he had to tell... if I'd been his Landlady I would have been loathe to Sell the Home to anyone... but she did the right thing Selling it to this Amazing Artist. I do Believe he is Spiritually Connected to the Ancestors he feels such a Kindred Spirit with... his Soul and Hands know what to do without Understanding. That is how it is with my own Art so I 'Get It'. Thanks for coming by for a Blog Visit, and here I was lamenting that all the Vintage Caged Dress Forms are always too Expensive for me... but I should be Grateful that at least I can find them so readily in my Area! Hope you 'Score' yours one day... if not, would Love you to come for a Visit to Sunny Arizona... I'd suggest Winter/Fall Visits due to our Climate *Smiles*... be sure to look me up!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Vintage Vignettes said...

This is one of the most incredible creations I have ever seen! I agree more plants and maybe a parrot or a toucan so you really feel like your in the jungle. What a labor of love. Thank you for sharing it, such a delight!
Blessings,
Tricia

Linda Wolf said...

O M G!
Amazing. Incredible.

So glad Alan was willing to share his materials. Someone else is rubbing her hands together with glee. ;)

Thanks for sharing this visual treat and insights from this gifted artist, Linda.

Shesdifferent said...

I have had the personal pleasure of attending in this bathroom. It's a phenominal work of art! To say this a manly bathroom only lends itself to what could be contemplated for hours while sitting on the throne. From a woman's perspective....my only request would be for it to be bigger. Having a Calgon "take me away" experience in this bathroom could easily be imagined both in a feast for the eyes and the soul.

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