One thing I didn’t expect about writing this blog — and I should have — is that after a while, all the dolls start to look the same. I’ll confess I’ve gotten a little bored lately, but that’s why I’m so excited to bring Candice Cinque to your attention today. This is the first artist in a long time who has made me gasp when I first saw her work.
Cinque is trained in children’s book illustration, and her work definitely shows the influence of classical children’s illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. I think I see a little Brian Froud in there too. I’ve never seen anything like her root faes, pictured above. I’ve never seen polymer clay stretched so thin that it’s hard to tell where the polymer clay ends and the stems of the plastic plants that adorn it begin. Their delicate poses make them look so lifelike that they seem more like some newly-discovered species of insect than a doll.
These are the characteristics that make her work beautiful, but what makes it really amazing is the incredibly tiny scale of her work! Her largest pieces are only 12″, which isn’t unusual, but her smallest ones are unbelievably tiny! Click on the image above, because in the thumbnail you can’t really see how the fairies are dwarfed by the nutshell at the base of the sculpture!
Her larger pieces are beautiful, too: sensitively posed and gorgeously costumed despite their scale. Even a 12″ doll can be tricky to costume, but it’s hard to judge the scale in some of these pieces because they’re so detailed and perfectly-proportioned.