Saints and Sinners and Wise Cracking Women

“Saints, Sinners and Wise-Cracking Women”  Juror’s Statement by Kim Ritter 

The dolls in “Saints, Sinners and Wise-Cracking Women” illustrate the vibrancy and range of the art doll form.  The theme seems to have evoked some pretty funny takes on life. The most successful dolls carry on a conversation with the viewer and tell a story.

sin.jpg“The Sin” by Neva Waldt is a wry comment on the concept of sin and the dolls are made with loving detail that the viewer can’t help but feel they know these two women personally. Her “Bernice and the Nude Model” is another funny look at human condition. While the doll is not moving, a whole scene plays out in the viewer’s mind at first glance. We can almost hear her gasp.


“Hypocrisy” by Marsha Krohn is another doll pushing the envelope by using the doll as social commentary. Her doll “Some Gourd Advice” is hilarious.


Janet Bodin makes a real statement with her funny and telling “Old Bag and Saucy Baggage”. Bodin has created a real sense of persona with “Harijuku Girl: Take a Picture-It’ll Last Longer”.

Pepper Hume makes use of a bell as an ingenious hanging device to give her figure movement and rhythm while evoking the image of poor “Quasimodo”.

Donna Sims “Greed” is a whimsical imp complete with an abundance of wonderful details of like money and chocolate bars. He makes me smile.

Another funny doll full of individuality is “Dahling” by Marlene Slobin. Joyce Patterson’s “A Wine Princess” is funny but sad while Betty Ruble’s “Saint and Sinner” exhibits a sense of ironic humor. Angela Jareki’s “Abundance” is a different take on the concept of plenty.

Camille Pratt’s dolls, such as “Garden at Midnight” exude stately beauty. Rosie Rojas’ “Remembrance” and Bodin’s “ Lot’s Wife” are distinctly haunting. The exhibition of Texas Original Art Doll Association work is colorful, inviting and fun. These doll makers demonstrate a high degree of technical skill while pushing the envelope conceptually.  .

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