Oct 18, 2007




Stacey Davidson

(American, b. 1961)


Support: 140 lb. watercolor paper

Sheet: 22.6 x 17.3 cm (8 7/8 x 6 13/16 in.); Image: 21.5 x 15.9 cm (8 7/16 x 6 1/4 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 2007.199



Davidson describes herself as "a painter who makes dolls." Intricate handmade dolls fashioned from clay, leather, and cloth form the subject matter of her painting. Goatlegs is one of Davidson’s more psychologically ambiguous creations. Wearing a blonde wig, red lipstick, and rouge with what appears to be a chiffon scarf tied around his neck, Goatlegs peers at the viewer with beady eyes and a crooked smile. The dolls’ distinct personalities are suggested in Davidson’s haunting "portraits." While her eerie, evocative drawings are for sale, Davidson’s quasi-human dolls are not.

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