Lankton is a huge inspiration for me as a doll artist and I was really delighted to have the opportunity to see the retrospective this month at Participant Gallery.
Her life is just as fascinating as her work and I so appreciated that the curators reflected the importance of both in the exhibition. The center of the gallery held the collection of doll work in acrylic cases so you could examine them from every possible angle (thank you curators!!!). Surrounding the work were gorgeous fashion photos of Lankton – the way she wants us to see her, combined with horrific and very intimate sketchbook tear sheets about the process of sexual reassignment surgery, and 2 small video installations: one hilariously frivolous, the other incredibly dark and imbued with a heavy political sentiment.
My favorite touch were the curio cabinets that lined the back walls, filled with mementos from her life.