The concept of the ‘worry doll’ also known as ‘trouble dolls’, served as inspiration of these works.
Blonde ambition aka red right hand – worry doll 87 x 23 cm fabric, found objects, cotton thread, synthetic hair and rubber 2018
Blonde ambition detail
Blonde ambition detail 1
The worry dolls originated in Guatemala and Mexico, and refers to a Mayan princess named Ixucane. The princess received a small gift from the sun god which would allow her to solve any problem a human could worry about.
Raison d’ etre – worry doll 44 x 21 x 37 cm 2018 fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber
raison d’ etre detail 1
Raison d’ etre detail
In modern times these worry dolls are given to broody and sorrowful children so that they can tell these dolls about their sorrow, fears and worries. Then hide the dolls under their pillows during the night. The next morning all sorrows are said to have been taken away by the worry/trouble dolls.
Pushing up the daisies – worry doll 68 x 25 x 21 cm fabric, found items, cotton thread and rubber 2018
Pushing up the daisies detail 1
Pushing up the daisies detail
if only it were that easy, right?!
Who cares – worry doll 60 x 47 x fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber 2018
Fly by night – worry doll 76 x 37 x 16 cm fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber 2018
I recently completed a commission for a very special lady. Her only request was that the work should be ‘doll’ like. After questioning her about herself, I realised that she love succulents and the colour yellow. She also have beautiful curly blondish hair. And that’s how I decided I’ll do the above piece for her.
After she received the work she sent me this photograph of when she was a little girl:
Such beautiful yellow dresses! I just love coincidences like these!