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Art Show: The Secret Life of Ordinary Things

Dame Darcy's doll is awake

by Tina Imel

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Art: Dame Darcy's doll is awake by Artist Tina Imel
Over the Holidays a very good friend (one whom I've shared many a cup of tea with) Kindly gave my a little doll or poppet made by Dame Darcy. The doll is: strange. The painting is simple, the doll is levitating over a cup of tea but the meaning of it is tricky to explain. Perhaps it is because of the doll itself or perhaps it is because my relationship with this friend is kind of intangible, for whatever reason tea gives (in my imagination) the doll special abilities. Many of our early puritans settlers considered dolls to be evil and thought they possessed magical powers. I can easily imagine an 18th century puritan think this of Dame Darcy’s own creation! Despite it’s mystic feeling the doll has a quaintness that I think I captured in this painting. The striped background is solely for texture movement but I think it also makes one feel as if they are in a dollhouse.


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