Puppetry bursts with transformative potential; people can fly, animal-human hybrids abound, and a chair becomes a comet becomes a slipper becomes a woodpecker becomes the metaphor for a character's sexuality.
Creativity through limitations
Yet simultaneously, puppetry performance works only because of its limitations: the specificities of joints and materials in the physical, enlivened sculpture determine its ability to move and thus its range of expression, its propensity to make meaning. I find profound potential for clarity and communication in this dialectic.
Simply the combination of paper, cornstarch, and water, papier-mâché puppetry is truly an interdisciplinary art form: the emphasis is on both the form of the built objects and the content of the durational performance.