The meaning of human beings in their relationships with nature and with things. I explore the semiotics of humanity by substituting humans with dolls and the other way around. Dolls as motifs were inspired by the footage of September 11th. With the rest of the world, I saw people falling out of the windows. I couldn’t really empathize with the victims, being confronted by the disjointed visuals of doll-like bodies falling out of the window. I try to excavate a kernel of human identity in my doll paintings by removing all the details that might influence our perception (clothes, hairstyle, genitalia, skin). This allows one to focus on the naked beings. The unusual and unnatural combination of dolls and landscape creates a contrast between the artificial and nature. This provokes the following questions: are we alienated from nature? Can humans (or dolls) be at home in nature? How do they behave in nature? What do they feel there? My representation of doll heads arises from the following themes: the artificial doll vs. human emotion, its peaceful expression in spite of its lack of a body. At first glance, one thinks that the doll is merely an old broken toy, a piece of litter. But the emotion on the face gives some human spirit to this piece of plastic. The peaceful expression of the doll captures the memory of an idyllic childhood, but the singularity of the head points to the disjuncture of memory and lived experience.
Oil on Canvas