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These dolls are totems to letting go, moving on, and to healing wounds (though the scars will be pretty interesting) – as well as a cautionary tale about wearing your heart on your sleeve. These ladies have been collecting hooks over time and are now in the process of slowly pulling them out.

They are 18.5 inches tall sculptures that are mounted to a wood base. They are hand sculpted using a mix of polymer clays that, when cured, have a very lifelike, pristine quality. Their clothing is white velveteen and 100% cotton to represent their innocence. They are topped with real human hair. They have metal hooks in their back and their hands are pulling them out with fishing line as they look forward with eyes filled with disillusionment and acceptance of the process.

To compliment the sculptures, I collaborated with jewelry designer, Annika Rundberg, in creating emblems of the dangers of wearing your heart on your sleeve.  I chose concept over function using genuine fish hooks. They are SHARP! The most dangerous parts are bound though they have tiny barbs that have potential to getting caught in ones hair – or an embrace. Wear them as a symbol but not recommended for daily wear.

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This sculptures will be on display through the month of October for the annual Art of Horror exhibition and the jewelry is available through my etsy shop. Please contact me if you would like to red dot any of these items: info at strangedolls dot net

The sculptures are $498 each and the earrings are $38 (large) and $28 (small)

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These newest sculptures focus on travels through the underworld, as well as transformation. I have 2 sculptures that are Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld – as well as a delicate creature that has slithered along to encounter the river of Lethe, desperately looking for a way to let go of their humanity and move forward into the afterlife.

Expressing decay in doll form has been a recent interest through the use of burned plastics and exposed wire armature (the “skeleton” of dolls). These dolls are made from wire, rubber, plastics, cheesecloth, Puppen Fimo polymer clay, and plaster. Each piece is available through my etsy shop.

The obsession with creating decay in these creatures has led me on a new journey of getting involved with new technologies – the 3D pen. The pen extrudes a thread of ABS plastic so you can, literally, draw a sculpture. For anyone who has tried it, it has its challenges but I am really excited to share the creations I have made with this new technology (see photo below). They have been described as a witchy nervous system. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them!

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I have a few new things ready for the holidays: ghoulish christmas ornaments, medusa-like magnets for stocking stuffers, and a macabre christmas tree topper. You can check out all the goods on my etsy shop.

A Little Twisted

Had such a nice visit to A Little Twisted this weekend. I dropped off work to sell in their shop, fell in love with Robert Kennedy’s taxidermy art, had a spirited chat with the owner, got a tour of their metal/glass/wood shop, and watched a gorgeous sunset in the tiny town of Brandon, VT. This shop is one of those roadside attractions you do not want to miss. Even though the gallery is small, the artwork selection is awesome for folks who love outsider art, dark art, geekdom, etc.

I met the ladies of Nerdy Curiosities while vending at Vermont Comic Con and they were kind enough to take the time to do a little interview:

 

Sorry for all ‘ums’ and ‘hms’, my brain was completely frazzled after 2 crazy months of events and vending, the huge success of the Art of Horror opening night (and all the prep that went into it) and the annoyance of the Mixed Emotions show cancellation and the new found home for it at One Arts.

After the interview I promptly got on a plane and took off to the Dominican Republic for a MUCH NEEDED week long vacation amongst Dr. Seuss like palm trees, beautiful flowers, funny birds, and glory of the Caribbean. I did nothing for a week but drink cocktails, listen to music, read voraciously, and doze on the beach, under the stars.

Then I came back home to this:

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Guess it is time to get back in the studio and get to work. Who wants to be outside?

Join us for a closing reception, artist talk, and Halloween party Friday, Oct 23rd from 6-8pm. Costume it up!

This show explores the beautiful and sublime and revels in a balance between underlying feelings of unease and open expressions of strong emotion. Come and decide for yourself if you are creeped out. This exhibition was deemed so disturbing it was removed from its previous exhibition venue.

The work is on display through the 31st. ONE Arts​ open hours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon until five.

 

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Autumn is Crazy Town

Fall in Vermont is an extremely hectic time of year as we try to cram in as many activities, events, and experiences before we all head indoors for winter. This year is no exception in the land of Strange Dolls. I hope you can add me to your own hectic list of events so you can snap up some creepy little dolls and jewelry and see some of the sculptures I have been working on for exhibitions at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and the One Arts Center.


TOMORROW! Vermont Comic Con
I will be vending all weekend at Vermont Comic Con:
Saturday, Sept 19 10am – 7pm
Sunday, Sept 20 10am – 5pm

Sheraton Hotel
870 Williston Road
Burlington, VT


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Each year Sarah Vogelsang-Card and I curate a dark art event called “The Art of Horror”. You are invited to kick off the Halloween season at our opening reception on October 2 from 5 – 11pm. Costumes are highly encouraged. For one night only, indulge your senses with dark imagery from Vermont artists and spirit conjuring performance art. Top off the night (from 9 – 11pm) with live music by Burlington’s only Goth/Industrial band Nechromancer.

See a full list of the performers and RSVP on Facebook

Suggested donation: $5 at the door. This event is not recommended for children but is open to the general public.

The S.P.A.C.E. & Backspace Galleries
266 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
www.spacegalleryvt.com

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat, 12 – 5pm
Exhibit Duration: October 2 – 30, 2015


strangedolls_tentacled2_1Dark Doll Forces at the One Arts Center
You can now catch the show that was up for ONE HOUR at Burlington Beer Company, before being asked to remove it. This exhibition of dark doll work with Catherine Hall has moved to the One Arts. Many thanks to curator, Margaret Coleman, for providing an exhibition space and place to discuss censorship in the arts.

One Arts
72 North Champlain St
Burlington, VT

A closing reception and artist’s talk will be held on Friday, October 23 from 5pm – 7pm