For a while now I have been thinking about the connection between childhood and art. Many artists I have read about have referred back to childhood within their own art work. I find this fascinating as I find that keeping the child within helps the artwork to grow. I remember declaring when I was young that I would never stop playing, to be honest I don’t think I have. Creating dolls, characters, art whatever you may call it is in one way making sense of the world. Or bringing a different world into our own. This is how I see my own work, I know that other people would have a different opinion about why they create, which makes the whole thing even more fascinating.
I was thinking about when I gave up playing with toys and how the toys were put away in the loft, to be forgotten about. In those angst teenage years you forget, too busy trying to grow up
The Dead Dollies idea came from this thought, the death of ones childhood in the form of a funeral. Saying goodbye to childhood the dolls are in a sense giving their own funeral. I know that most normal people do not bury dolls in their garden and take photographs, but who wants to be normal? Not me.
Maybe this could lead into another new project?