Strange Dolls by Beth Robinson
The Creator Beth Robinson
Beth Robinson is an artist who creates the bizarre. She is a skilled doll maker whose work is known as “Strange Dolls.” These creations are dark and eerie, proving not all dolls are for children. Of her dolls, Robinson says:
They are disproportional, strangely dressed, and they have a story and character uniquely their own. Each doll is entirely hand made using polymer clay, vintage fabrics, acrylic paint, and sometimes real human hair or teeth.
She is a self-taught artist who started making “Strange Dolls” in 2003. While she has dabbled in a variety of mediums, it was the discovery of polymer clay that allowed her to combine her interests in sculpting, painting, and sewing. Her interest gave her a concrete foundation of expression in the form of “Strange Dolls.” Beth explains:
To create my Strange Dolls I sculpt the doll using polymer clay or air dry clays and then design and sew the outfits using vintage or remnant fabrics. I love adding organic material to my creations, I have implemented everything from human hair to teeth to cactus to dried gourds. Common themes that appear in my work are: anthropomorphism, alter ego, and fantasy. I love testing perceptions of the beautiful and sublime with my work.
Dolls represent precious things, sentimentality, innocence and I am attracted to manipulating people’s natural response to the doll form by pairing it with the grotesque. The style of the dolls are dark, creepy and macabre. And while they are called “dolls”, Strange Dolls are not something you would buy for a child, unless you want to give them nightmares
Several art publications and television programs have featured her work. She is currently represented by Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, Germany and maintains a regular studio practice in the South End Art’s District in Burlington, Vermont. You can learn more about Beth and her Strange Dolls at her website: Strangedolls.net.
Samples of her Strange Dolls and Wall Reliefs
Source for all phots: http://strangedolls.net/index.html / by permission
d-_-b “doll parts” by Hole