|Skull Dolly collages by Andrew Thornton.|
After I released the Spirit Doll Series, I thought about how they reminded me of corn dollies and worry dolls given to expecting mothers. Both are connected to ideas of fertility and life. And the more I thought about it, the more that I thought about how there is no light without shadow. There is no life without death. And so... tired as I was, I got up and set to work. I made another series of affordable small-scale pieces. I call this collection, "Skull Dollies".
|Detail of Skull Dolly 15 collage by Andrew Thornton.|
When I work, I generally make a few extra if I can. It's not a lot of additional effort when everything is all set up and the process is in motion. Once they're complete, I have my pick of the litter for what I think will best suit a particular project or just strikes my fancy that day. I had the backgrounds ready to go from working on the Spirit Dolls and once I had the idea to create the skull paintings/collages, I fell into work easily. There's something very satisfying about this format and size. They have a similar weight and feel as tarot cards.
In making the Skull Dollies, I revisited some of the inspiration from the previous series and pulled new insight from Mexican sugar skulls, memento mori, and masks. CLICK HERE to see them in the online store.Update: They are all sold out! Many thanks to everyone who has expressed interprets in them.
|Detail of Skull Dolly 11 collage by Andrew Thornton.|