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Beryl Moon

by Patience

Folk Art gallery

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My entry for the EBSQ "What a Doll" show features an original Art Doll created from all re-purposed materials, and inspired by the poem, "The Moon Was But a Chin of Gold", by Emily Dickinson.....

I really abhor waste, trying my best to avoid it in life whenever possible.  For this reason I've been hoarding for years a collection of broken plastic toys, barbies and action figures leftover from my kids' childhoods, with the intention of incorporating them creatively into my artwork.  A project begun years ago, it is thanks to this exhibit's theme that I was motivated to dig one of my on-gong, in-progress Art Dolls from the back-burner (see detail photo), and finish it to completion for this February 2015 show.....

Buried deep inside 'Beryl Moon', under Celluclay and layers of paper mache, is a wee, injured action figure, a few inches tall, and missing an arm. Saved from a landfill life, he now provides some inner armature for my Art Doll, though little of him is actually recognizable any longer, given that an entirely new being was sculpted over and around his original figure, using re-purposed items such as a plastic cup, multiple cup lids, and newspaper, for a complete and thorough transformation.  A whole new, crescent-moon shaped head was sculpted and attached (the head of the original figure ends somewhere in the present neck/chest area), along with a newly sculpted arm, and new hands. "He' was also turned in a 'she', complete with a newly sculpted bosom and a big, bustled, flowing skirt of Stars, using as my inspiration the following poem, "The Moon Was But a Chin of Gold",  by the wonderful and talented poet, Emily Dickinson....:

The Moon was but a Chin of Gold
A Night or two ago--
And now she turns Her perfect Face
Upon the World below--

Her Forehead is of Amplest Blonde--
Her Cheek--a Beryl hewn--
Her Eye unto the Summer Dew
The likest I have known--

Her Lips of Amber never part--
But what must be the smile
Upon Her Friend she could confer
Were such Her Silver Will--

And what a privilege to be
But the remotest Star--
For Certainty She take Her Way
Beside Your Palace Door--

Her Bonnet is the Firmament--
The Universe--Her Shoe--
The Stars--the Trinkets at Her Belt--
Her Dimities--of Blue--

Detail Images

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The 'Dead Barbies Society' Project, in progress

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'Beryl Moon' from an angle

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'Beryl Moon': Right Side

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