Since I was a child David adored the tale of an old witch, Babayaga that lived in a house upon a chicken leg.
Hochbaum began making these little guys in 2011 from the scraps of the many bird installations over the years. His love for houses and birds is combined with his love for the old Eastern European fairy tale that inspires the artist to create these cute and creepy creatures.
They are made of basswood with hand colored carbon transfers upon plastic and feather bodies. The legs have 3" bendable wire, which can used to mount the houses to an object or stuck in some dirt of your favorite houseplant. The roofs are all hand made from tiny wood shingles.
Each Babayaga house David builds is unique and a one-of-a-kind object. A lot of love and detail goes into each one of these little guys.
The houses stand at 5" high and about 2" wide
They are signed on the back or if they have a base, the base contains the title and inscription .
For Sandra, Hochbaum uses remnant scraps from the studio as well as branches from trees he collects. David constructs and treats the stands with oils and wax
Sanadra comes with her own custom made stand. On her stand she is 8" high.
Each one is a unique and one of a kind object. A lot of love and detail goes into each one of these little guys.