November 26, 2011

The Lonely Doll

Having photographed my own dolls, and having seen other people's photographs of my artwork, I am no longer surprised at the depth of emotion that Dare Wright was able to capture with two teddy bears and a doll. It's fun too!

I would recommend reading the book, The Lonely Doll, and yet, adults have a different experience reading it than children do. I know this because there was a huge gap between my childhood enjoyment of this wonderful book and my rediscovering of it as a grown up. As an adult, I was much more judgemental and critical than I was as a child. This story, and the wonderfully mysterious black and white photographs, have stayed with me over the years, and I'm so grateful that they do.

Dare Wright was an intriguing and deeply creative person. I read the unauthorized biography, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: the Search for Dare Wright by Jean Nathan, and although I am grateful to have learned about Dare and her family's history, I believe that the author sensationalized aspects of Dare's life in an unreasonable fashion. I believe that the author inferred much from one sided and partial resources. If you decide to learn more about Dare, read this biography with a grain of salt.

That said, I was impressed that Dare's mother was able to support herself and her daughter through the Great Depression by painting portraits of wealthy industrialists. I admire Dare's yearning to change her world to the one she desired through decorating her living spaces, designing and sewing her own clothes, and through her photography. It seemed to me that she lived the life she wanted to lead.

Dare's lasting influence is seen in the fact that her books are still in print, in many languages. For those of us who read her books as children, the stories and images are still with us in a strange and magnetic way.

Thank you Dare, for being yourself and sharing your talent with us.

November 22, 2011

The Beastly Day

What happens to artwork when it leaves the studio?

I try not think about it too much. I feel that I send these pieces out into the world to have their own Adventures. And what do you know? Strange things do happen...

I have been enjoying the photography and writing of Kojito, who has invited several Beasts and Dolls into his life and has created a blog about them. Apparently, they have a tremendous amount of fun together and capture some of their good times to be posted on the blog that is called: The Beastly Day.

Watching someone interpret and create their own world with my artwork is such a joy! I hope you enjoy them too!

The Beastly Day                                                                                  


November 18, 2011

New Studio!

Oh, the rambling life I lead these days! A new studio and new pieces. This beautiful room is filled with light and is much larger than my previous studio space. No worries about a big ole air condtioner to infringe on the studio. In fact, I'm hoping to expand into larger and more detailed work while I'm here!