Friday, August 12, 2016

Moth Dolls

Playing with doilies. Not as easy as it seems. Often when I critically assess the success or otherwise of recycling them in a work, I am often disappointed with the results. 
I think it is because in my mind, the original use of these often very beautiful hand-crocheted works, is what I think of first. As soon as I recognise them out of context, I immediately visualise them on a dresser or table, despite any new lease of life they are given.

Here I have tried to create pieces where the doilies are so secondary to the end result, that their new use in the piece is overshadowed. The possibility of their original function is only noticed after the initial response to the work has been accepted.

In this case I have tried to detract from the fact that I have used these ready-made components. Hopefully the individual character of each doll will dominate the viewers interaction. Cute and somewhat disturbing to the eye as a whole, it is only after an initial reaction, that the whole gives over to the different composite parts that make the doll entire. 
These have proven to be a quirky distraction from making other more substantial works. I love them.

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  1. I also like to make dolls as a kind of luxury change from other art forms. I wish there were a better name than doll, though, since they're art figures, not toys. these are lovely! And yes the components are not the first thought when you see them.

  2. Thank you for your comments, always appreciate the effort.


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