Latex, fabric, fiber fill
6 x 6 x 6 feet
The world is a gray area. Absolutes only exists once humans ascribe them to objects, ideas, and people. I set out to create objects that caused people to be uncomforted by familiarity. I wanted people to be disgusted but compelled to interact with the pieces. I attempted to achieve this goal using latex skins in the familiar form of stuffed animals. Instead, I found that people did not shy away from engaging with my sculptures. They were eager to inspect and hold the dolls, and did so with wonderment. As a result, my intention as the artist was overridden by the viewer. This led me back to a question I have been asking myself since the controversial piece Tillman’s Legacy appeared on campus: where does the artist’s intent end and the viewer‘s perception take hold? The assemblage of the dolls holds a very personal context for me. The hand stitching and sewing involved in the creation of these pieces brought me back to my past. While making them, I recalled moments in my early childhood when my mother and grandmother taught me how to sew. The sewing added whimsical charm, but most of the fabric patches were added to the base of the dolls and were not entirely visible. To see the whole image, it is imperative that the dolls be handled by the viewer. In doing so, the viewer is immersed in the art work and becomes part of it, blurring the line between intent and perception. I am actively giving control of the work to the viewer and trusting them to treasure the dolls in their own way, and find their own familiarity in what I have created.