Years ago, when Denver sculptor Maureen Hearty (aka Mauxheart) created Lilyanna, she debated whether or not to develop the "awkward, gangly, ugly" skull-headed character into a children's book. She decided against it, and considering the psychedelic world of "crazy metal plants," kleptomaniacal jellyfish, Venus flytraps and raunchy blobs where Lilyanna has her adventures and the fact that contemporary audiences are less likely to accept magic potions and hallucinogenic mushrooms as acceptable plot devices in their children's storybooks this was probably a shrewd choice. "It's sort of this Odyssean, Alice in Wonderland kind of journey," Hearty says of the ten 3-D scenes she's installed in the 3 Kings Tavern art gallery (located in the basement). Each scene has been reproduced as a diorama with characters made of ceramic, metal, sewn plastic and foam.
"It will feel like some alternate reality down there," Hearty says, "but there's also a zine that will help viewers get the idea that they've just stepped into a storybook. So they won't just be standing there like an outsider they'll all of a sudden be part of the adventure, immersed in the story."
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The Adventures of Lilyanna opened June 1 and runs through the end of the month at 3 Kings, 60 South Broadway. Get more information at www.mauxheartdesigns.com or 303-777-7370.