Traditionally, the katsina dolls come from the Hopi people of Arizona. They are typically wooden dolls representing of the katsinam, rainmaking messengers from the spirit world. They are known to visit the Hopi between winter solstice and the midsummer monsoon season. Legend claims that the katsinam once arrived in bodily form, but now they appear as the clouds bringing rain in the form of dancers at tribal ceremonies.
The katsina are not gods. They represent ideas and objects that define the Hopi worldview such as the sun, wind and rain; plants, animals and insects. They can even venerate important ancestors. Katsina clowns entertain the people and ogres to frighten children into good behavior. The Hopi do not worship the katsina, but they do offer them gifts to encourage new growth, plentiful rain and successful harvests. The Hopi live in a harsh natural environment and their survival depends on the kindness of the elements.
Mixed media art doll Tipper. She is back from an extended stay at Tito's Gallery located in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She measures 10.5"x2.5'x1". Her legs are cotton fabric stuffed with polyfil and then painted. Her arms are made from wire and feet are porcelain.
This recycled Xylophone was made with a thick cardboard backing and it was an interesting challenge attaching it to the wooden piece behind it. The wings and face are ceramic pieces and the arms are porcelain. All of the colored metal buttons are vintage.
Several years back I took an on-line assemblage class creating a Pez Dispensing Totem. One challenge in the class was to create something and still have a fully functioning dispenser. My final product was a working pez dispenser, however, when I decided to sell my art doll, I landed up covering the mechanism that would allow for the head to slide back, which pushes the candy forward. You could still pull the whole head straight up.
I created this piece back in 2009 and boy have I evolved from this. Sometimes I wish I could keep up with the same style, however, my drive for further exploration keeps from staying in one place. That can be a good thing and a bad one. It's good to where I am constantly trying new things and bad because don't give myself enough time to take that one thing and really work it. I've seen where artists keep reworking and exploring similar things and that is not a bad. It's just something they have chosen to do. Sometimes I look back at some of my work and wish I had explored things a lot more. It's something to work on for this year.
New set of art dolls I created using vintage tin, wood, wire, paper and fibers. They are meant to be displayed hanging from their wire.
I have been working a lot with wire woven pine needles. I have multiple colors to shoose from. The arms are ceramic doll arms, the legs are rusted nails, clay face, and paper trim on the lower half of the dress. The background image is one of my multicolored monoprints.
"Art Doll 11"
"Art Doll D"
I was busy in my studio this past weekend creating some art dolls and they are available in my shop .
This art doll has reddish color pine needles that are woven with wire. The pine needles come in 12" lengths, and are cut inhalf.. The bottom ruffle is made from paper and hand sewn in place. The legs are rusted nails that I collect from work.
I've been working a new doll and this is an upclose shot. Will post completed piece before end of the week.