I’ve previously discussed the question of what, exactly, is a doll, and I’ve shown you an artist who is definitely making dolls, and an artist who is definitely making figurines. So today I’m going to showcase an artist who blurs the lines. Forest Rogers’ work is made entirely of hard media (generally polymer clay, although some of the larger pieces seem to be in air dry clay) and would definitely qualify as figurines, except for the judicious application of natural-fiber hair and occasional fabric clothing. The artist herself seems to have a fine art background, but she calls her work dolls and is a member of NIADA.
Whatever you call them, you can’t deny that her pieces are art. One thing that divides amateur artists from professionals, in my opinion, is the expressiveness of the pose. Really successful doll artists either understand that intuitively or learn it somewhere in their education. Rogers’ work is a prime example of the beauty that derives from the pose of the figure’s body.
Check out Forest Rogers’ work here and here, and her blog here.
This is a hard entry to write. A good friend of mine passed away recently, and I would like to share her work with you. Elizabeth Jenkins had a background in theater costume and an amazing talent for drawing and sculpting portraiture. The pictures I’m sharing with you don’t reveal her amazing ability to sculpt dolls of movie characters and historical figures, and you probably won’t be able to see the stunning precision of the costuming and the attention to details like the scale of the hair fibers. But what those of us who knew her will always remember is how generous she was with every technique and how much time and effort she devoted to our local doll club. Our club almost dissolved when she was no longer able to keep us together, but we have managed to persevere, partly in honor of her memory.
So take a look at her beautiful dolls and read her biography on her ODACA membership page. She was someone special, and she’ll never be forgotten.