Thursday, March 4, 2010
“THERE IS A FINE LINE”
"There is a fine line between genius and insanity..I have erased this line." Philosophy Angel
What is there about dolls that keep grown up women so intrigued. I posed this question to Sue McMahon of Susie McMahon Dolls. Her answer was, “ I have a few theories about why dolls are so compelling to do with tactility, approachability and expression! Theories are fine......it's just plain fun.”
So, that’s it. We are having fun. With that in mind, I decided with today’s Philosophy Angel to do just that. I named her “There is a fine line between genius and insanity, I have erased that line.” You know, I’ve been using this saying on my dolls for years and I don’t know where it originated. I must look it up because I love it. I believe this is true, especially of artists. We create. Our whole purpose of existence seems to be to create..to produce. What compels us to do this? Insanity indeed.
This whimsical look I’m giving my dolls is a real break through for me. For years and years, I have been creating sculptures to accompany the stories I write. The stories are metaphysical in some cases, spiritual in others. A few are lighthearted. It didn’t seem right to have their faces convey anything other than mystery, love, peace etc… Suddenly, I’m putting smiles on their faces.
Close-up of "There is a fine line..."
Do the smiles that they display convey a happier me? Maybe. I’ve been through a lot in my life (haven’t we all) and maybe I’m getting to a place of contentedness now. Maybe I’m relaxing a bit (not really!) I remember my father saying to me one day. “ Honey, just remember, no matter how bad you have it, someone else in the world has it much worse than you do.” I said. “Dad, it was me they were talking about!” I think the dolls are my way of disappearing into a bit of fantasy once in awhile. They act as a little reprieve from the day to day happenings. I am so glad and lucky to be able to escape from time to time in this manner. I am also fortunate to have chosen “art” to be my companion in life…or did it choose me?
Oh, this one really wants to escape!