Terri Haag likes to describe her work as making “monsters,” highly life-like models of living or extinct animals and plants. She’ll show and tell about her process in a presentation set for 3:30 p.m. next Thursday (Mar. 21) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room at Academy Village.
Haag is director of a local company called Archeo-Arts that specializes in museum exhibit design and creating realistic models of all sorts of creatures. A strong background in paleontology, biology and art allows her to sculpt realistic models of extinct animals and plants from genuine fossils, pictures or even verbal descriptions.
But the things she replicates don’t need to be extinct. She can also build copies of existing animals, big and small, right down to what she calls “aliens from sub-space.” She also does art objects, movie and TV props and other one-of-a-kind custom pieces.
Some of Terri’s creative activities defy easy description, hence her inventing a special term “archeo-arts.” Included in this genre are such projects as performing shark cosmetic dentistry, designing specialty LED lighting, and manifesting some real odd-ball stuff such as fake Judean tomb treasures for the 2004 TV movie of King Solomon’s Mines.
A self-described adventurer, Haag says she has ridden in helicopters over the jungle mountains of New Guinea, babysat infant chimpanzees in Zambia, gotten married in a Polish salt mine, dived with sharks and force-fed thousands of penguins in Cape Town.
Prior to returning to Tucson, she lived and worked in South Africa for eight years. There she created large-scale exhibits for several major museums and foundations, did restoration work on national historical sites and precious art objects, and wrote advertising copy and magazine articles for international publications. Haag holds a bachelor of arts degree, Spanish major, dual psychology/sociology minor, from UA.
Submitted by Stan Davis, Academy Village Volunteer