Thursday, April 29, 2010

House Doll

My House Doll has been finished and delivered to OFFCenter Community Arts Project for their fundraiser! They're a community artmaking place, and open their doors to anyone who wants to come make art.

Their fundraiser is in conjunction with their Albuquirky House Tour where people can tour several local art houses and folk art collections. The tour was recently featured on a local TV station, and includes the famous tile house, completed by ceramic artist Beverley Magennis. From their web site: "the Tile House has over 130,000 pieces of tile covering all 4 exterior walls, plus  the patio, sidewalks, and the entire living quarters inside, which is embellished with bottle caps, pennies, matchsticks, golf balls and much more."

Back to my doll - the call was to make a piece of art out of a little house. I decided to make a House Doll - the opposite of a doll house. I was given a little wooden house, and my husband built a little porch on it. I added her paperclay sculpted head and stuffed cloth arms, and legs, and painted all with acrylics. 
I forgot to measure her, but I imagine she's around 16 inches tall if standing. She's got hair made of burlap strands, and a blackbird painted on her neck.
She was great fun to make, and I can't wait to start another house doll! Just have to talk my husband into making me some more little houses...
If anyone's interested in bidding on her, it's a silent auction at OFFCenter near downtown Albuquerque on Saturday, May 1 from 1-4pm. Don't know if they'll take phone or email bids, but I can ask if anyone's curious! Bidding starts low....  

6 comments:

Ayala Art said...

She is lovely!

Yve said...

Wow, wondered what you meant by "House Doll", very cool. Good luck with the auction :o)

Healing Woman said...

You created an amazing piece of sculpture here. I wasn't sure what she would turn out like when I saw her first posted but now I see there was "method to your madness" I love her and the tile house.

Thanks for posting.

Debby said...

WOW!! She is amazing.
debby

Allegro Melody Art Dolls said...

Thanks, everyone! I took photos at the event today and will post some soon. There were some wonderful art houses.

Clarissa Callesen said...

Love your house dolls! Our bodies as our homes. I have been working with the imagery of dolls and houses for a year or so. Putting dolls inside of tiny houses commenting about being sometime constrained or trapped by our environment. I like the power in your doll taking her house with her like a foundation...

http://clarissacallesen.blogspot.com/2010/05/etsy.html