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Emotionally compelling facial expressions, eclectic costuming and magnificent color harmonies are hallmarks of my figurative sculptures. I am honored to be a juried artist member of NIADA and Piedmont Craftsmen as well as SHCG.
I create captivating mixed media figurative sculptures. One of a kind paper clay heads are hand sculpted,modeled and carved then dehydrated to produce a lightweight , but very strong character head. A gossamer silk skin is applied over the head and finished with colored pencil details.Emotionally compelling facial expressions,eclectic costuming and magnificent color harmonies are combined with fine craftsmanship learned as a former jeweler. Within the context of the human face and figure I seek to illustrate the universal emotions of vulnerability, tenderness and melancholy.
Recycled woven straw,real garden gourds,industrial rubber O-Rings,vintage bone buttons and lawn chair replacement tape are materials juxtaposed with classic natural fibers in unexpected harmony. I am inspired by circus costumes, classic 1940`s pin-up art, naughty bustiers,garden vegetables, and the human desire for love ,affection and humor.
Shows and Exhibitions 2010
Gatlinburg Crafts Show
Doll Demonstration- more info later
Through the Rabbit Hole - invitational show
The Carrabus Historic Courthouse Galleries
Artist Reception on June 25, 6-9pm
Annual Niada Conference/Show and Sale
International Figurative art conference open to non- members .register at www.niada.org
Hotel location to be announced shortly
Humor Theme PCI Members Show-all media
Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery
601 North Trade Street
Piedmont Craftsmen`s 47th Fair
Benton Convention Center
Booth # ?
Small Dolls-Big Fun
The John C. Campbell Folk School
Small dolls are fun to make and relatively fast to complete .
Learn to sculpt paper clay heads and create multiples of your best efforts using flexible silicone molds. Go home with lots of heads to finish later and at least one 6-8 inch fully costumed doll.
See Folk School Catalog for complete class description.
Books and Magazine Articles with my work:
500 Handmade Dolls - 2007, Lark Books
Cover art plus five additional pieces
An international compliation of contemporary figurative art curated by Akira Blount.
Divided by media.
NIADA Art Dolls -Rich Traditions ,New Ideas
2009, Niada Foundation and The Susan Quinlan Doll and Bear Museum
A comprehensive history of Niada`s founding artists through the present international artist membership. Curated by recent president Shelly Thornton.
Order directly from www.niada.org
Art Doll Quarterly, February 2010
pages 26-31 ,feature illustrated article
Designing a Cohesive Body of Work by L.Keeble
Contemporary Doll Collector, November 2008
Dollmakers of theSoutern Highland Craft Guild
by Chandra Cerchione-Peltier
Doll,The International Doll Collector`s Magazine
Making Dolls Come Alive With Color
Feature article byVirginia Davis
Illustrated with early work dated 2005