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Doll Part Sculpture

The human form has been abstracted since the beginning of ART making. Because we are all familiar with what people look like, and indeed we are a widely variable lot, one can take great liberties with human form and it is still recognizable. I like to take these liberties.

Because the porcelain doll parts I start with are highly refined and beautifully rendered, the emotive gestures of the body are readymade. The smiles and nuance of a hand are already finished, and ready for me to insert into a situation completely different from what the original maker intended. The face is molded as innocent and sleeping, but when I attach it to a deformed co-joined twin, it takes on a different personality. Context rules!

Some of the parts are modern; some are 150 years old and dug by hand outside the refuse dumps of 19th century factories in Germany. I buy them on eBay after someone’s grandmother dies, and it is resurrection central in my studio as I Frankenstein them back together into disturbing friends of my imagination.

The Twins Had Unusually Large Heads
The Twins Had Unusually Large Heads
Acrobats Finale
Acrobats Finale
I Love Children For Breakfast
I Love Children For Breakfast
Failure To Thrive
Failure To Thrive
Tetrahedron
Tetrahedron
Cartoon Rumble
Cartoon Rumble
Big Ideas
Big Ideas
Every Girls Dream
Every Girls Dream
Family of Acrobats
Family of Acrobats
Introducing My Little Man
Introducing My Little Man
The Twins Had a Difficult Time at Dancing School
The Twins Had a Difficult Time at Dancing School
The Twins Were Elegant But Clumsy
The Twins Were Elegant But Clumsy
Willie and Billie Were the Last Ones Chosen
Willie and Billie Were the Last Ones Chosen
BFF- Best Friends Forever
BFF- Best Friends Forever
Tower of Weirdo's
Tower of Weirdo's
Magicians
Magicians
The Boys Loved Their Russian Nanny
The Boys Loved Their Russian Nanny

Tower of Mystics
Tower of Mystics
Tower of Mystics
Tower of Mystics
I Love My Little Man
I Love My Little Man
I Love My Little Man
I Love My Little Man
Humpty Dumpty's Children
Humpty Dumpty's Children
Humpty Dumpty's Children
Humpty Dumpty's Children
Edna Did Not Understand Her Teenage Daughter
Edna Did Not Understand Her Teenage Daughter
Edna Did Not Understand Her Teenage Daughter
Edna Did Not Understand Her Teenage Daughter
The Original Lipstick Lesbians
The Original Lipstick Lesbians
Little Suzy Could Never Make Up Her Mind
Little Suzy Could Never Make Up Her Mind
Sex Is Fun
Sex Is Fun
He Is Not Allowed On Elementary School Property
He Is Not Allowed On Elementary School Property
Bite The Hand That Feeds You
Bite The Hand That Feeds You
Pondering The Eye Ball
Pondering The Eye Ball
Head In Hand
Head In Hand
     
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