Celebrating the things that make us different
This Bearded Lady is inspired by Jennifer Miller, of Coney Island fame, and who I heard speak at a local museum a few years ago. I was really moved by the talk. This is an homage to Jennifer as well as the beautiful bearded ladies that preceded her.
Although her story is different, she is inspired by Olive Oatman's, in the facial markings and the 'rise above' attitude.
A Chelsea smile is a wound caused by making a cut from the corners of a victim's mouth up to the ears, leaving a scar in the shape of a smile. (wiki)
In 2008 I created a series of Gothic Lolita dolls. There were 4 large sculptures and a myriad of smaller ones. I became fascinated with the movement of Gothic Lolita amongst Harajuku girls
I was inspired to use these girls who were trying to dress like little perfect dolls - and make dolls of them.
These dolls were exhibited at the Lazy Pear Gallery in Montpelier, Vermont and Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, Germany.
These are Dicephalic Parapagus twins: sisters with two separate heads but a shared body. They are also known as "Siamese Twins".
Conjoined twins have been a Sideshow staple since the dawn of Coney Island but Brittany and Abby are reminding pop culture they are teenage girls and have the same experiences and feelings and growing up to do just like anyone else.
The dolls are 16 " long, 11" tall. They were hand sculpted using the polymer clay Cernit and air dry clay Apoxie Sculpt. All clothing was designed and hand sewn for the doll.
The princesses have vintage pearl belts. The doll is permanently in a sitting pose - forced into passivity. The princesses speak to a deeper message about expectations of perfection in little girls.
There were 3 dolls that I sculpted for this series in 2011. 2 had pink hair, frilly pink clothing, a gold crown, and the third (shown here) was a take on Alice in Wonderland. I suggest that the reality of being given a mysterious drink, in Wonderland or not, usually results in far different results. The Alice doll came with a little brown bottle with the tag "Drink Me" on it.