Updated: Feb 1
The ultimate school project was creating dioramas for a book you that was read or a visual display an ecosystem you just researched. Man, I loved making diorama's so much I saved shoe boxes and created little worlds on my own time. I am not the only one who loved this craft right? The answer is No! Because Rickey Williams of @twisted_imagination_nation has taken diorama's to a whole other level of awesome!
I had the pleasure of meeting Rickey at the Darkside in Riverside Convention in October and his Diorama's blew me away! You see, Rickey re-creates horror movie scenes but, he really takes it up a notch because he display's the scenes in old TV/VCR Combos. Talk about ultimate fucking nostalgia!
Rickey was kind enough to offer me some insight into his unique and mind blowing vision.
MH: Tell us about yourself and your beginning. When and how did you come up with the idea to re-create horror scenes in shadow box form.
RW: Well I'm located in Sacramento, I've been building dioramas as art for about 8-9 years now.
MH: What was your first creation?
RW: The 1st diorama I've ever created was in elementary school. Our teacher had us write a short story then build a scene depicting part of that story. Mine was about a military team flying through the Bermuda Triangle then crash-landing on a volcanic island with dinosaurs and indigenous monsters. It had a working volcano with the little green army men and toy dinosaurs, it was awesome!
MH: The scenes made out of old TV’s with VCR’s blew my mind. What made you decide to salvage and collect them for your art?
RW: It was just a little over a year ago when someone threw out a TV/VCR combo across the street from my house. I picked it up to get it out of the gutter but that gave me the idea to turn it into a shadow box. I built a Freddy scene inside and I took it to a horror con where it got a lot of attention so then i knew i was on to something. I spent a couple months driving around looking for illegal dump sites and neighborhood clean ups so I could salvage as many TVs as I could before the convention season started. I made a post with a few TV dios and this time the post went viral. People all over the world were sharing my artwork; I got quite a few inquiries, commissions and requests to attend conventions & toy shows.
MH: Do you hand make the figurine’s or are they toys you collect? Can you enlighten us on where you go, and how you go to collect your materials?
RW: Earlier this decade I was birthday shopping for my kid brother at Toys R' Us when i walked past a shelf with collectibles from a company called NECA. A Freddy Krueger action figure & metal replica Freddy glove caught my eye so i bought them for myself lol. I was never the kind of person to keep his toys in the box but at that time i didn't have a horror collection so i wanted to build a diorama to display the figure on. I made a boiler room and used a figure from Twilight to customize into Nancy & upon it's completion i started to share images in Facebook groups that caught the attention of fans & some of the actual cast members. That was the inspiration i needed to take my art seriously & I've been doing fan cons & toy shows ever since.
MH: What is the piece you are most proud of?
RW: My favorite piece is my Elm Street dollhouse. I never tried anything like that before so I started with dollar store Styrofoam poster boards for a practice run. Once i figured out how to replicate the house I rebuilt it out of wood. The house came out great and I finished just in time for a big Elm Street reunion at a show in Stockton, CA. The cast loved it, I got to set it up at their panel and it got a little publicity from some horror news outlets. Shortly after I was contacted by Mick Strawn who worked on Elm Street 3 & 4, Mick wanted to use images of my dollhouse in his behind the scenes book about Elm Street 4 called Behind The Screams: The Dream Master Revealed so I agreed lol. Now the house has met 75% of the Elm Street cast, it's been to L.A where it had its picture taken in front of the actual house, it has been written about and featured in a actual book about one of the movies. That is when I started to feel like an actual artist but it wasn't until I started the TV dioramas that got me a lot of attention.
MH: What is the craziest piece you have been asked to make?
RW: The craziest project I've ever done was a action figure house of the Wallace residence from Halloween. It was a commission from a Hollywood producer that was a nightmare to work for. It was a learning experience that showed how easily your passion can become work.
In Southern California, Rickey and his incredible work will be at Wondercon in April, Power Morphicon in September.
In Northern California Rickey attends Sacramento Comic Con, Sac Con, The Intergalactic Expo, Chico Con, Stockton Con, Creatures Con & Sinister Creature Con annually. He also does toy show in Sacramento every month for a collectible store called Toy Fusion in Sacramento.
Follow Rickey at @twisted_image_nation