Fifteen years ago this month I started making “dolls”. It began in a spontaneous creation making class in Calgary AB though I had been reading books about doll making as an art form for about 6 months prior to this.
“Permission” was my first doll. I was totally engaged with what I was thinking and feeling as I created her. Though I already had a fine arts degree I had never felt such a personal connection to the making of art as I did when I made her.
After making her I heard the dismissive critic in my head say; “Write your professors and tell them you’re making dolls now”. I took this as a personal challenge and named her “Permission” to give myself permission to explore this new way of creating.
As a quote I saw at a gallery many years ago said, “Whose permission makes it permissible anyway?” It’s an interesting question and one I continue to ask myself from time to time.