Siembamba: Let's play pretend
My work seeks to represent my emotional and psychological feelings resulting from toys/dolls. Every child is born with a natural instinct to play and little girls are born with a natural instinct towards motherhood. Since I am in my childbearing years, I try to redefine the nostalgic, idealistic longing I had with dolls. For a little girl the everyday actions of dressing, feeding or to do the hair of a doll is the perfect occasion to prepare for her role as a mother.
Whether luxury objects or simple children toys, dolls have evolved to embody aesthetic ideals. My aim is to reconstruct dolls, trying to remove them from a craft background and also disrupt the emotional impact they might have on an adult. By using dolls I try to trace the quiet happiness typical of childhood play, asking myself the question: "Would we be different if our toys were different?"
Opening reception: Wednesday 3 November, 6pm