I don't routinely look for or incorporate symbolism into my work. It is more often about exploration of color and/or texture. Since I believe that each piece of art has a spirit and knows what it wants to be, sometimes symbolism makes itself know as the piece develops.
The doll that I have included in this blog was symbolic from its inception. This is my fifth beaded doll. I completed it last fall. I had originally made a similar doll with a very bulky body. While I was working on another doll for a friend I realized how much I liked the more slender profile that she had chosen for her doll. At the time I was working on losing weight and it seemed appropriate to make a more slender doll. As I worked on this doll in various settings and with various friends and students I was hesitant to discuss the symbolism with others. I find symbolism a difficult topic to discuss. It can sound hokey and sometimes pretentious to others. It is not in the eye of the beholder but in the heart.
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