Dolls

Dolls

Dismembered dolls are given a new life and form when merged with old rusty power tools. Some of the assemblages feature full bodies while others are only limbs. The exploration of limbs are playful experiments that revive the discarded elements into absurd unpractical objects. In contrast, the full bodied dolls explore a deeper aspect of early life trauma.

The doll parts represent playfulness, the child and the human side. The tools symbolise a way of coping that is seemingly effective and productive but underlies a way suppressing the energy of the self through tension and blockages. The individual is trying to fit in a world of instructions instead of expressing their own energy and emotions, unable to integrate with the real power of the self. There is a struggle to connect with the natural source of energy due to coping mechanisms learnt in childhood involving hiding who they really are, they have created a full ‘persona’ that is based on pleasing what is around them rather than expressing their essence. The individual feels like their actions are cold instruments and mechanisms without spontaneity, their body feels full of tension instead of natural energy. There is a strong element of lifeless and fear. In these pieces none of the dolls has vision, one has no head, their faces are covered or their eyes closed. This state of not being able to see adds another layer of struggle, the inability to see what is really happening.