Sunday, December 28, 2008

Last Artist of the month for 2008!



For those of you not yet aware of the artistry of Beth of Strange Dolls, this will be a visual feast!!



So exciting!!!



Beth Robinson (Strange Dolls) is an ingenious artist with a grand conscience that shows in every piece she creates. Clearly affected by the world around her, I believe she often creates pieces that reflect her desire to understand & explain the darker circumstances of our world today.


"Stitch Bitch"



I so enjoy her attention to detail and the subtle differences of textures and color even when a "blood stain" is present. This never over-done ability, really impresses me.





She has found wonderful recognition, as she was recently commissioned to create for a Cirque de Soleil installation and fundraiser for energy efficiency!! What an honor!!
The dolls are 30 inches tall and made with Cernit and Aves. They were suspended, like acrobats, in the air.





These odd dolls are not something you will find in a toy store. They are hardly something you would buy for a child. They are misproportioned, strangely dressed, and they have a story and character uniquely their own.







Created after reading about doctor assisted suicide, she created this gripping piece
(I could not upload photo's at the time of publishing, so click link to view..amazing!)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/strange_dolls/447742587/





Each doll is entirely hand made using polymer clays, vintage fabrics, acrylic paint, and sometimes real human hair or teeth. Each piece is one of a kind.





Artist Bio:




Beth Robinson is a self-taught Vermont artist who has been making and selling hand made dolls since 2003. Although she found significant success with her oil paintings, her life was transformed when a friend sent her a link to a Japanese doll artist's website. From that moment she realized that taking her characters off the canvas and turning them into actual little people would be the best way to express herself.



Her dolls have been featured in the magazines: SPIN (USA), Stuff (USA), Maxim (UK and Hong Kong), Rue Morgue (Canada), Art Doll Quarterly (USA), Nordic Vision (Norway), and RIP (Russia).





"Apparition"

In closing, it is really no wonder that Beth has found such success in her few short years of sculpting. She clearly took to it like a duck in water and has found her "voice". Her dark, even at times unsettling works are always strangely beautiful in execution and leave you pondering what prompted such a piece?

~Links~

Blog - n - Website

14 Comments:

Fantastic Figments said...

WOWOOWOWOO amazing artist and fantastic pick!

I hope you holiday went well! I am sure it did. Hope your new year is full of excitment!

Smooches,
Steph

Nothinglikeit said...

Great find - these dolls are amazing.

Robin

Tracy M. said...

Wow!!!!Strange, yet visually compelling. I like them.

Odddollz by Jacqui said...

An alltime favorite of mine:) Great choice and well deserved!!

KUDOS to you Beth!!!

Jacqui

~dani~ said...

I know..strange and very compelling. Great combo! I remember the 1st time I found Beth's work I emailed Janell Berryman and said you have got to see this! I knew Janell would love it and of course she already knew all about her wicked good dolls.

Hugs to Beth for her talent and her kindness when I emailed her to use her pics. She was very sweet~

janell berryman artist-owner said...

That's right. I remember that. Love the dark pieces. Always have. So charming!

Huckleberry Arts said...

Wow Love Love Love her !!! Thanks so much for introducing her work!!

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

I have been following Beth for a few years now and what a great post on her! She is an amazing artist!

Marie Patterson Studio said...

I'm a fan of her work too!
Wishing you the best for a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Reach for those stars in 2009!

Huckleberry Arts said...

Wanted to stop by and wish you all the best for the new year to come may it be filled with all the blessings you deserve!

tammy smith said...

hi-Just found your blog and love it-
also thanks for introducing me to this wonderfully weird doll artist-I love stuff like this!
here's another i just found on Etsy if you're interested:
http://loopyboopy.blogspot.com/
thanks again and Happy New Year!
Tammy Smith

Melissa said...

Ooohhh my kind of dollies!

Chicken Lips said...

LOVE Beth's work! I found her web site about a year ago...her work is amazing. It scares the bejebbers out of me...but in a good way. Wishing you a happy and creative new year!

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