SEPTEMBER 8 - OCTOBER 2, 2010
CLOSING RECEPTION: OCTOBER 2, 5 - 7 PM
JUNG RHEE SHIM's website
MARCELLA ANNA STASA
My pieces are inspired by very old dolls-really old, excavated old. Some of the dolls I love
best may not have been playthings at all but offerings and altar figures. Most intriguing are
the dolls that were intended as toys and were so played with, and so loved and worn that
there is little left of them that resembles the original pieces.
I generally approach doll making with readily available materials which can include
anything from magazine cut-outs and upholstery scraps to armadillo "scales", real cats
claws & whiskers and bunny pellets. I incorporate beading and embroidery into the
design, and put wind-up music boxes inside them too.
I actually find that accessorising is the most entertaining part of the process. Each doll
has possessions. Toys, a handbag full of tiny objects, masks, jewelry, clothes... As a child
I loved the idea of Barbie because of all the fabulous stuff she had, but I did not relate to
Barbie's persona. I wound up playing with trolls. They had the best outfits a short plastic
figure styled by a ten-year-old could possibly have. I still love to dress dolls. Though the
sad irony is that I can't dress myself up to save my life.
The Other Playthings:
It's simple, I make the things I want; I make the things I want to speak with.