Inspired by artistatthexit0′ s latest post about the dolls he has found in the river, made me think about artist’s who use the doll in their work. Of course Hans Bellmer and Cindy Sherman were the first artists I thought of. Surrealist photographer Hans Bellmer (b.Germany 1902 – 1950) used broken doll parts in a fetish like fashion to invoke disturbing ideas.
He first sent these to the Nazi party as a protest against their obsession with the perfect body. He posed the dolls in mutilated, unaturalistic ways. There’s a great article about this artist here. The film below Le Jeux de la Poupee featuring Bellmer’s work is not for the faint hearted. This film was made in 1940s, but I don’t know who the music is by.
Cindy Sherman (b.1954 New York USA) uses self photography to address issues about the roles of women in the world, and as artists. This short film sees Sherman as a cutout doll with cut out clothes. I think it ‘s such a clever film, making Sherman completely 2D – surreal as she gets to choose the outfits she will wear instead of them being chosen for her!
Here’s an artist who works with dolls and altered book. Karen Hatzigeorgiou puts her dolls into her books literally! All her dolls are found objects and she sells the finished work.