Artist Statement
I want my art to question the definition of beauty – I like to create what first appears beautiful to draw the viewer in, but then starts to unnerve you the longer you look. For me, the greatest challenge is finding the right balance between light and dark, the fantastic and the realistic. The idea of the doll reflecting both artist and owner was one of the main draws of the Asian ball-jointed doll aesthetic that inspired me to first create dolls 14 years ago. Sculpting dolls allows me to explore these ideas in a more thorough way than my drawings ever did, with the dolls serving both as muse and canvas. Over time, the dolls I create have evolved beyond the end into a means by which I can tell stories and create new forms of art through my photography.

Primarily self-taught.

Artist membership questionnaire

Do you have any doll-related work experiences?
I sculpt and cast my own dolls for sale through my website.
Have you exhibited your dolls?
“Help Me” exhibition at Bush Barn Art Center Salem Or (2019),
“Journey through Light and Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories” exhibition at Petaluma Arts Center Petaluma CA (2016).
Have your dolls been published in any books or magazines?
Spectrum Fantastic Art Volume 26, Beneath the Waves: a Book of Merfolk Mythology, Infected by Art Volume 9.
Have you won any doll-related awards?
How long have you been creating dolls?
14 years.
How did you get started in dollmaking?
I started off with collecting Asian ball-jointed dolls in 2000 and eventually wanted to try sculpting my own, with encouragement from my mom.
List any art, dollmaking, or collecting organizations to which you belong?
In what medium do you work?
Resin, premier.
If you work in reproductive media, do you make your own molds?
What type of paint do you use? Do you have a preferred painting technique?
I use a mix of pan pastels, watercolors, and gauche.
Do you make your own wigs? Please describe your process?
I’m learning to by making my own wefts which I sew on to stretch knit wig caps. I am also learning to make rooted wigs by felting fibers onto latex caps.
Do you make your own accessories? Please describe your process?
I am learning to make my own eyes out of resin, as well as some pieces of jewelry.
Do you make your own clothing? Please detail any help you may have in pattern drafting or construction of clothing?
I draft patterns either entirely from scratch on paper or by taking human-sized vintage patterns and redrawing them to the measurements of my doll. I then cut out test pieces in muslin and sew them together, using pins and colored pencils to mark any adjustments I need to make before cutting out new test patterns. Once satisfied with the test pieces I cut out of the final fabric and sew the garments together, much like making clothing for a full-sized person.
Do you have assistants? What do they contribute to your work?
My roommate will often help me with sewing of garments when I am having trouble with my hands or when working with silk (which I’m allergic to).
Have you designed dolls, toys, or other work for commercial manufacture?
How do you sell your dolls? (wholesale, retail, consignment, commissioned work)?
I sell dolls through my website, both as preorders and taking commissions. Sometimes I will also take commissions when I am at a show.
Do you advertise? (if so, where)
Mostly by word of mouth on Instagram or Facebook.
Why do you want to be a member of NIADA?
For me, joining NIADA is a chance to be a part of a community of artists where I can share ideas and inspirations. It’s an opportunity to learn from others and bounce ideas back and forth, and grow as an artist.