Polymer clay is always used to create beautiful, decorative objects. What about the possibility of over-firing it so that it takes on the appearance of wood, to take the material beyond its original purpose and beyond its “limitations”? Ugly faces and hermaphroditic appendages: this is a work in progress. Petals are imitating the lotus that the mythological Nezha (with whom I have had a slight obsession with since childhood) was born out of (and also a ball of flesh, which the unbaked translucent polymer clay closely resembles).
A medium that is not what it appears: craftsmanship of ugly creatures. Possible experimentation with liquids/oils/acrylics applied on polymer clay before baking to see effects. The antique wood effect created through over-baking also harks to my growing up with and among antique furniture? Add more heads, more limbs; possibly a mold for future plaster/wax/silicon creations, etc.