Posts Tagged ‘strange dolls’

These current sculptures are inspired by Freud’s Madonna Whore Complex. “Men with this complex desire a sexual partner who has been degraded (the whore) while they cannot desire the respected partner (the Madonna). In sexual politics the view of women as either Madonnas or whores limits women’s sexual expression, offering two mutually exclusive ways to construct a sexual identity.”

The final touch was finding Ann Sexton’s poem “Buying The Whore,” which is gouged into the bodies of each sculpture.

Each bust does not have arms or legs or ears and, with each stanza, grow more silenced and constrained. The first sculpture has duct tape over her mouth. The second sculpture wears a ballgag that buckles on the back of her head, the third wears a muzzle that covers much of her face and head. And for the final stanza, the woman’s entire head is covered with only openings for sight and smell. She wears a posture collar that forces her to ‘keep her chin up.’

The busts are quite large compared to my usual scale, coming in at 20 inches tall. Their core is made from foam and plaster. The outer clay is an air dry clay called “Premier” which sands down to a gorgeous finish.  So without further adieu…… here are the Madonna Whores.

“You are the roast beef I have purchased
and I stuff you with my very own onion.

You are a boat I have rented by the hour
and I steer you with my rage until you run aground.”

“You are a glass that I have paid to shatter
and I swallow the pieces down with my spit.”

“You are the grate I warm my trembling hands on,
searing the flesh until it’s nice and juicy.”

“You stink like my Mama under your bra
and I vomit into your hand like a jackpot
its cold hard quarters.”


Where such men love they have no desire and where they desire they cannot love.
— Sigmund Freud



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The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind in the land of Strange Dolls. I moved into a gorgeous new studio in a renovated church, had a wild, grand opening party Easter weekend to celebrate the new digs — and then promptly took a journey to re-visit my Southern roots in Mississippi.

The product of all this activity are the newest creations. The Nun Dolls are inspired by my sanctimonious new studio and the Gator Girls by my trip South.

(click on the the thumbnail for full images and ordering information)


And a special treat for the people who love the dolls made from bone,
4 new creations from a fresh harvest:

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Malia Schroeder’s new tattoo of one of my commissioned Dr Scops dolls. The lady version.


The first Strange Dolls tattoo

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In 2011 I heard Jennifer Miller, the Bearded Lady, speak at the Flemming Museum (read the post). I was really moved by the talk and her total honesty. It is almost 2 years later but I am finally creating an homage to Jennifer as well as the beautiful bearded ladies that preceded her.

Bearded Ladies

Below are each of my bearded ladies. They stand 13 inches tall. They are made with plastic, Apoxie Sculpt and fabric. Click on the image below to see more images and to order the doll.

Bearded Lady #1

Bearded Lady #2

Bearded Lady #3

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Haemolacria is a physical condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood. It can manifest as tears that are anything from merely red-tinged to appearing to be entirely made of blood. Haemolacria is a symptom of a number of diseases, and may also be indicative of a tumor in the lacrimal apparatus. It is most often provoked by local factors such as bacterial conjunctivitis, environmental damage or injuries. (Wiki Source)

My Haemolacria dolls will be on display for the EVERYTHING THAT CREEPS show in Waltham, Massachusets for ONE WEEK ONLY.
Opening reception is Saturday, October 27 from 7-10pm.
October 26 through 31, 2012
Lincoln Arts Project
289 Moody Street
Waltham, MA
Participating artists include Patt Kelley, Beth Robinson, Behind the Mask, Linda Bourke, Amanda Clarke

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