not a threat/thread…

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"Not a thread" found objects, material, thread and embroidery on rubber

“Not a thread” found objects, material, thread and embroidery on rubber

I’ve been reading a book a friend gave me: “Dolls “by Max von Boehm.

I love the following paragraphs from page 55/56:

“Psychologists and criminologists speak of ‘doll fetishism’ as a special form of nervous mental disorder.  “The love of dolls”, says Fere, “can intrude so far as to eliminate entirely any affection for a living issue.”  Women among whom the love of dolls persists even in advanced age are not rare.  Vinchon knew an hysterical French woman who from infancy was so passionately devoted to dolls that she stole silk in order to clothe them smartly; they assumed for her the position of a fetish.”


“History has to tell of various examples among adults of this love of dolls.  According to Indian mythology the goddess Parwati made so lovely a doll for herself that she hid it from her husband Siwa.  He saw it, however and fell so deeply in love with it that he gave it life and made it his mistress.  Queen Catharine de Medici, when she became a widow, amused herself in the seclusion of her chamber with dolls which had to be clothed, like herself, in mourning.”

There are many more lovely examples from history for the love of dolls, which i’m not going to add here now.

I also like this paragraph:

“Thus it is that the doll, both among ancient and among modern peoples, plays an important part in magical practice.  Generally the image is utilized for the purpose of doing harm to some one’ seldom does one hear of images employed in order to do good.  The active agent undertaking a thing of this nature uses a symbolic magic which is in itself a copy or pantomimic suggestion of the result to be brought about by these means.  The belief is that whatever one desires can be carried out in actuality.

Not a thread (placed under a glass dome)

Not a thread (placed under a glass dome)

Wondering if I place the work under a glass dome if it will be less threatening?





Siembamba (let’s play pretend) 2004

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This was my first solo exhibition.  It was held at the Joao Ferreria Gallery in Cape Town.

In this exhibition my work seeks to represent my emotional and psychological feelings resulting from toys/dolls.  Every child is born with a natural instinct to play and little girls are born with a natural instinct towards motherhood.  Since I am in my childbearing years, I try to redefine the nostalgic, idealistic longing I had with dolls.  For a little girl the everyday actions of dressing, feeding or to do the hair of a doll is the perfect occasion to prepare for her role as a mother.

Whether luxury objects or simple children toys, dolls have evolved to embody aesthetic ideals.  My aim is to reconstruct dolls, trying to remove them from a craft background and also disrupt the emotional impact they might have on an adult.  By using dolls I try to trace the quiet happiness typical of childhood play, asking myself the question:  “Would we be different if our toys were different?”

Here follow some more pictures of the Miss….series:










and the “let’s play pretend series”:

See a review: here