I had started working on a second doll with an enameled mask even before the recent sale of her predecessor “Carnivale”. Taking my hand hammered copper faces to a new place with the addition of torch fired enamel provides a multitude of new design and color options.
This doll, Mirror Mask, has an additional bit of intrigue for the viewer. Where Carnivale was wearing her mask and only allowed a glimpse of her enameled eyes, Mirror Mask has pulled her mask slightly away from her face. What the viewer glimpses behind is their own image in a mirror. With her hair piled high and bejeweled, and her peacock hued gown and walking stick, she’s obviously off to a very interesting ball.
The other piece I’ve been working on this week goes in a different direction. While still technically an art doll, she will be one that can reside inside or out. I have several shows coming up in the next few months, and at least one takes place in a garden setting. I’ve decided to create some “garden dolls” for that show. the torso of the first is cast concrete utilizing a recycled plastic bottle for my form. She is still curing in my outside workspace, so ill wait to share an image of her in my next post.