Dolly Goes To The Big City
11" x 14"; Affixed to painted 3/4" canvas
Commercial and painted fabrics; fused applique; acrylic paint
Working with this photo was a little tough. I don't seem to see the same things as everyone else. I also don't have any special associations with dolls; they don't conjure up any memories or images for me. What I did key in on was the idea that the dolls were waiting to be made into something. I also knew that I wanted this piece to be "illustrative". I wanted it to tell a little story but also to look like a drawing from a children's book.
Once I decided on all of the various elements that were needed (girl, suitcase, hat, etc.),I set about composing a story about my Dolly. Eventually, the idea that the act of taking the photo was important popped into my head. I decided that the photo had "transformed" Dolly; had caused her to come to life. She was off to the Big City on an adventure. She has written a letter(printed on the background) to her sisters and I include it here:
It is with a heavy heart but with much optimism that I write this letter. By the time you get this, I will have already started my new life. I am off on my journey to Paris! I will miss all of you terribly but my dreams have come true at last!
I always knew that my life at the open air market was so very limited. Then one day that nice lady came along to take our photograph. Do you remember? That photo transformed me! I felt like a brand new person. It was then that I knew the adventure had begun.
Please don't cry or be sad. Wish me well. I will miss all of you. my doll sisters, and hope that one day soon you too will be able to join me in my new home.
All of the elements are drawn and painted by me, including the background. The border is commercial fabric. The whole of the three layers are stitched and then affixed to a painted 3/4" profile canvas. I have written a longer post about the complete process. It can be viewed on my regular blog here.