“The Doll House” exhibition,
artist Roxanne Dyer presents her artwork “… alias Dolly Dingle” oil on canvas, 52″ x 26″…
In my DOLL HOUSE were many things.
Few cherished objects have remained with me throughout life. But, aside from memories and sentiment deeply rooted in the past, I have this very lovely pink twin-set my Mom knit for a doll when I was about 8 years old.
In “…alias Dolly Dingle ” the larger-than-life doll flirtatiously trots out the cardigan. Diminutive she may be, the little figure only 12″ tall, has once again eclipsed human proportions as she often did so many years ago in the universe of my “little girl’s imagination.”
That “little girl’s imagination” has been working for me faithfully, has stayed with me, as has the twin-set. Now, I ponder the painting and boundaries that isolate the doll and sweater. Confined within their own universe, for me, it’s the miniature sweater that pulls the doll back into reality. Each time I hold this tiny knitted object, the looped rows of yarn become an emotional texture of memories created with loved ones, especially my mother.
The tiny sweater has become a touchstone in my adult life. I draw deeply on it, a prayerful request to meet my future like a playful child, fearlessly and with an open heart. (version française)