Working with Toys: Doll Bundle
My work has always revolved around the bodily experience of place, including place-based learning and creative play. I’m interested in connection beyond the binary, in blurring boundaries. Since our son came to live with us, toys have featured in my adult life like never before, and have started creeping into my work too.
In my walking bundles I aim to include only those materials that I notice as I walk, but in this new piece and others to come I wanted to combine toys and found materials, the man-made and the organic, plastic and earth.
If I took my son’s toys I’d be in big trouble, so I have started collecting second hand ones from local charity shops, to take with me on my travels and adapt.
For this first experiment I spent time in my garden, and used a lightly sanded Barbie doll. I chose the doll as it again makes that body-environment link, and connects back the my Body Project/Blank Twins work with artists Chris Seeley and Kathy Mead-Skerrit.