An Art Doll That Plays With Materials
Anyone familiar with my work knows that I love to mix, match, and experiment with the media I use in my sculptures. My newest art doll, Media, takes that materials exploration to its highest power.
She has a hammered copper face on a paperclay head with parchment hair and torch fired glass enamel eyes. Her shaped wooden torso connects to one paperclay arm, and one fabricated from copper and aluminum conduit. One jointed leg I fashioned from copper tubing and a shaped dowel shin, and the other has a dowel thigh joined with a copper and aluminum shin. Finally, she is clad in a copper hat, hand stitched faux-leather boots, a tulle skirt, fabric sleeve, and a bit of metallic paint tattooing on the side of her head.
It would be an understatement to say that I enjoyed creating this art doll. The final effect is both playful and somewhat edgy and mysterious. I’m not sure what story she has to tell, but I am guessing that it is one that must be unlocked from safe keeping first.
Media will join my other new art doll figure sculptures at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts May 25th through June 21st.