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This is my Aunt Natalie with two of her five hundred dolls. In addition to being an avid doll collecter, she’s also an accomplished folk artist who works in many different mediums. Natalie was decades ahead of the mashup scene, cutting up and remixing comics with scissors and glue.
I first started photographing dolls a couple of years ago when I took my daughter on a photo safari at a nearby antique mall. Since then, my artistic focus has shifted from shooting avatars in virtual worlds, to photographing dolls and action figures in physical world dioramas. I’ve also developed a mild compulsion that’s lead me to collect dozens (okay, many dozens) of dolls, toys and action figures.
Someone suggested recently that there’s probably some genetic anomaly behind my doll obsession. It’s hard to argue that the connection between my aunt and I is just coincidence. There’s been a lot of discussion in my blogging circles about the role of other people’s influence on our creative work. I wonder how much genetics plays into it. I’ve thought of my Muse as springing from my subconscious. Does she also emerge from my DNA? Interesting.