i.doll.a.tre

idol, noun, \ˈī-dəl\ 
a representation or symbol of an object of worship

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I took a class, years ago, and learned a little about painting icons. I was impressed by the reverence and respect the Russian Orthodox artist had for his images and the patience he showed in the act of painting. There were prayers and invocations at every turn. The art was intentional. This was not art for art’s sake. Nor was it, “Look at me, at my virtuosity”. No, these paintings sought to depict a higher order, an image, indeed an icon, like those venerated for centuries. They were representations of ideas that dwell deep in our ancestry, they sought to give glory to God.

I took note. I began thinking about the icons of our day, wondering, “What do we venerate? To whom (or what) do we bend our knee?” My conclusion? We worship our own ideas, our past, our present and a future that doesn’t exist. We give praise to little other than ourselves. 
 i.doll.a.tre, noun, \ˈī-ˌˈdäl, ˈdȯl-ˈă- ˈtrē \ is this artist’s effort to give form to the veneration of self through assembled dolls, icon-like collages, shrines and other images of worship.

The Dolls

doll, noun, \ˈdäl, ˈdȯl\
1: a small-scale figure of a human being used especially as a child’s plaything
2: a pretty but often empty-headed young woman

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I began making dolls years ago. I took parts of old dolls and reassembled them with other found objects. I cut open heads, intrigued by the sight. I took text from old short stories, the kind most of us grew up on; Twain, Kafka, and the like. Sometimes I cut the text into strips, twirling the lines of type to make hair which I painstakingly glued into place. I dressed the empty-headed dolls and wrapped them in wire laced with beads and baubles, trapping them in adornment, much like we do to ourselves, willingly. It took years before I understood what I was doing and even longer before I knew what I hoped to express.

2015
She Started It
7.5” h x 4.5"w x 6" d

Doll assemblage

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2017
Carnival
16” h x 12.75" w x 8" d

Doll assemblage

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2018
Beauty
11.5” h x 32" w x 6.25" d

Doll assemblage with gold leaf

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2016
The Republican
12.5” h x 9.5" w x 7" d

Doll assemblage

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2017
Frenzied
15” h x 11"w  x 8.5" d

Doll assemblage

2018
Buoy
12” h x 7.5" w x 6" d

Doll assemblage

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2017
Time
22.75” h x 13.25" w x 14.75" d

Doll assemblage with gold leaf

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2017
Connected
14” h x 6.5"w x 5" d

Doll assemblage

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2018
Flowers
22” h x 14"w x 7" d

Doll assemblage

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2017
Time to Spend
25” h x 24" w x 13" d

Doll assemblage

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2017
I See, Therefore, I Am
19.5” h x 9 20.5" w x 8"d

Doll assemblage

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The Icons 

icon, noun, \ˈī-ˌkän\ a conventional religious image typically painted on a small wooden panel and used in the devotion of Eastern Christians
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Eventually, I started to photograph the dolls and manipulate their images. I reversed colors and flipped images hoping to suggest an alternate reality. The photographs were applied to wooden boards and, like icons from centuries past, gold or silver leaf was used to indicate halos. I framed many as befit an image of worship. These “small-scale figures” of “empty-headed young [men and] women” are not intended to be sacrilegious. Instead, they express my own personal musings on what we discard, what we hold on to, and what we revere.

2016
I Call Her Mrs. Beautiful
16” h x 12" w 

Collage with gold and silver leaf on Masonite

Photo credit: Lloyd Greene

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2017
Buoy Icon I
14” h x 11" w 

Collage with gold and silver leaf on Masonite

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2016
Ghost from the Past - SOLD
9.25” h x 7.5" w x .5" d

Collage with silver Palladium

on Masonite

Photo credit: Lloyd Greene

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2017
Buoy Icon II
12” h x 9" w

Collage with gold leaf on Masonite

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2017
Employed Icon
14.5” h x 12" w 

Collage with gold and silver leaf on Masonite

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2017
Minerva Icon
12” h x 9" w 

Collage with gold leaf on Masonite

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