Bisque dolls, often referred to as porcelain dolls, have a vast and long history dating back to the 1840’s. Most collectors have their own reasons for accumulating porcelain dolls, ranging from holding for the value of the dolls to a simple passion for revisiting their childhoods, and every reason in-between. I have found that my particular interest in treasuring dolls actually steams from my culture, history, and heritage. I prefer to gather dolls with like legacy, from French colonial descent, Native American descent, Hispanic descent, Caucasian decent, to African American descent.
My compositions are an interpretation of the cultural connotations associated with porcelain dolls based on their dress and appearance. An attempt to place these dolls in life-like situations to match their cultural differences if they were alive, how they may actually have been seen (in a natural surrounding) or one can view this as cultural stereotypes.
In my work, I am constructing images of stories or a fictitious past history. In most of these compositions there is a combination of actually buildings and environments that humans would normally interact in, placing the whimsical porcelain dolls into the scenes as a means of embellishment and to complete the story. The caption provides clues to the content and interpretation.