It has been two weeks since I’ve shared a new art doll, so this post have two new sculptures for you.
The first is Lacing II. As her name implies, she is a revisit to an earlier art doll. I have done a number of dancer art doll sculptures. They seem a natural subject area for doll figures. Lacing II is a seated figure in the middle of lacing up one of her toe shoes. With her copper face and hair, aluminum conduit arms, and faux leather elements of her skirt and shoes she evokes a steampunk aesthetic. I made the choice to fashion her hands, head, and shoulders out of paperclay. This media allows for much finer details for hands gripping laces, delicate ears, and neck musculature. I costumed Lacing II simply to give the impression she is getting ready for practice rather than a performance.
The art doll Otohime, is another sculpture in my series of Fairytale and folktale characters. She is a figure from Japanese stories. I first encountered Otohime in Yuri’s Brush With Magic, a book by my mother-in-law, Maureen Crane Wartski.
Otohime, is a water goddess, and daughter of the dragon Emperor of the Sea, Ryujin. In the tale of the fisherman Urashima Taro, Otohime appears a small turtle that the kind hearted fisherman saves from taunting children. Urashima is rewarded with a visit to the kingdom of the emperor, and the gift of a mysterious box that he must never open.
My Otohime art doll is a mixed media combination of paperclay and paper maché. Her “water” under skirt and tail are papermache over a chickenwire frame, with color and texture created by layer tissue paper. The figure’s head, upper body and hands are sculpted out of paperclay over a wire and foil armature. Otohime’s unique wigging is made of twisted and glued tissue paper. Elements from the metal studio serve only as embellishments as in the art doll’s torch enameled eyes, mesh collar, copper fan, and hair accessory. The kimono for Otohime is made from fabrics from the quilting collection that once belonged to Maureen as well.