Myths + Monsters > My Pretties

My interest in creating this body of work was to explore areas of meaning where creativity, spirituality/magic and corporeality overlap. I began an investigation into the athropological categories of magic. These categories represent the different ways by which various human cultures have attempted to understand and control life/death and body/spirit.

I was particularly fascinated by the persistence of superstition and its symbolism despite an increasingly scientific awareness of the world, and where science/medicine fails to meet human psycho-spiritual needs. The philosophic dichotomies between mind and body that often predominate religious doctrine generally stand apart from the projected irrational (and rational) fears around physical mortality. These fears occur universally in the practical lives of people.

I decided to exploit all of these interrelated notions in this work. In particular, I wanted to further investigate how disembodied human hair and other discarded body parts violate cultural codes about the health, safety and protection of life and spirit.

I created twelve infant-sized ‘dolls’, vulnerable human representations that are composed of hair, bone, animal body parts, beeswax, string, cloth/clothing and other found materials. I drew on traditions of folk magic and/or religion, and worked to give questionable new ‘life’ to abandoned or discarded artifacts of humanity and culture.

Moppet
found/mixed media
2007
Moppet: detail
found/mixed media
2007
Tattie Bogle
found/mixed media
48.5cm x 41cm x 14cm
2007
Tattie Bogle: detail
found/mixed media
48.5cm x 41cm x 14cm
2007
Hodmedod
found/mixed media
2007
Hodmedod: detail
found/mixed media
2007
Foo-Foo
found/mixed media
2007
Foo-Foo: detail
found/mixed media
2007
Murmet and Mumble
found/mixed media
2008
Murmet and Mumble: detail
found/mixed media
2008
Bambin
found/mixed media
2008
Bambin: detail
found/mixed media
2008
Bambin: detail, feet
found/mixed media
2008
Effigia
found/mixed media
2008
Effigia: detail, belly button
found/mixed media
2008
Effigia: detail, legs
found/mixed media
2008
Poppin
found/mixed media
2008
Poppin: detail, head
found/mixed media
2008
Poppin: detail, belly
found/mixed media
2008
Jack-a-Lent
found/mixed media
2007
Jack-a-Lent: detail
found/mixed media
2007
Jack-a-Lent: detail, leg
found/mixed media
2007
Moggy
2009
Moggy: detail - feet
found/mixed media
2009
Cha-chi
found/mixed media
2008
Cha-chi: detail, head
found/mixed media
2008
Cha-chi: detail, penis
found/mixed media
2008
Weihan
found/mixed media
2008
Weihan: detail
found/mixed media
2008