A New Old in Figurative Art

I seem to be going back to my roots. When my daughter Hannah was 2 years old (she’s 15 now), I was into making handmade dolls for her to play with. I tried a variety of mediums, but the one I loved the most were these little bald dolls I made, that to me, were reminiscent of porcelain dolls, pulled from a dusty attic, with their wigs astray.

I got the idea as I studied antique dolls in books- I would see these eerie bald dolls with dusty, torn clothing, but they were dressed to the nines. The wigs had been loved right off of them; their silks and fine attire worn right through!

I made Hannah these dolls and she loved them just as they were. My studio was up a flight of stairs in a Chicago bungalow attic, and when she came to visit me from the kitchen below, she would carry the dolls up- but making it down the stairs when you’re two takes more effort- she would throw them down ahead of her, then catch up. I actually loved watching the dolls change with the effects of time, love (and a long staircase!). Some lost ears, one a hand, then an arm. They were pretty long lasting actually. I always made very durable pieces. I believed dolls should be dolls and not just something on a stand that someone looks at!

I’ve been taking photos of these old friends and working out the beginnings of  a vintage book, starring the two main dolls, Ebby and Ivy. At any rate, I thought I would show you just a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to. Thanks for checking in!


About Linda Lenart McNulty

I am an artist with a spirit to share, inspire and heal others through my work, which is currently exploring the Awakening of the Santos Cage figurative form in sculpture and intaglio painting. My quest is to channel art through Spirit, while bringing others into connection with their creative selves, using the joy of life, the gift of color and the discovery of form as vehicles to expression. Find me at: lindalenartmcnulty.com
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