My new favourite book is Toys of the Avant-Garde, an exhibition at the Museo Picasso Malaga last year I think. So I have only managed to dip into it so far, it’s a big read so I’ll have to find some serious time to explore it further. For now I can enjoy the pictures and this quote,
‘ especially interesting to my mind is the theory that genre crossings, so characteristic of modernism, are valued as a revolutionary act when carried out by male artists, whereas involvement with applied art is riskier in the case of female artists as it already has feminine connotations.’
Toys & Art, interdependency in the Modern Age, Medea Hoch p.122
This is an area I am very interested in as I choose to explore the craftier end of art, and dolls/ toys in particular, I have always felt it a slightly dangerous path if one wants to be taken seriously? (an attitude cultivated at art school) but I seem to enjoy high risk! it is also why I call my work ‘small art’ as this seems to fit the work I do as opposed to ‘High Art’, this isn’t to lessen what I or others in this genre do but a fun slightly tongue in cheek label. It’s like being the naughty younger sister who can get away with so much more because everyone’s expectations are lowered, she can zip under their radar and launch a surprise attack!
It could also be a get out clause, I may be afraid of getting hurt if I play with the big boys? but I’ll save that head crunching thought for another day and for now share some pictures.