Artist's notes on style, materials and inspiration:
This wood girl was inspired by the art island of Naoshima - the island serves as the main venue of the Setouchi Triennale, a contemporary art festival held every three years on a dozen of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Many of the art installations and buildings are permanent. This girl's onesie pattern was inspired by the 'naoshima pavilion' by architect Sou Fujimoto. Located a few metres away from the island's ferry terminal and installed for the 2016 art festival, the structure is made from white steel mesh triangle pieces, from inside you can look up and the visual effect is affected by the colour of the sky at any given time. On her head is a round dotty pumpkin, inspired by Yayoi Kusama's yellow pumpkin - once installed on a pier at Benesse Art Site and washed away in a storm in 2021.
My pieces are painted in a naïve and simple style, with visible brush strokes and differing paint consistencies. It is important to note that these dolls are made from real wood which will have naturally occurring markings and grain, and sometimes there will be small amount of bleeding along the grain, or knots, which is to be expected when using untreated wood - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully before purchasing. She has been finished in a top coat of matt acrylic. Wooden pieces should be kept away from areas of high humidity, moisture and sources of heat, and never kept in direct sunlight.
This girl was turned from American Tulipwood by a production turner to my design and then hand painted and added to by me, a British artist, exploring patterns and scenes encountered by me on my travels and in daily life.
Stamped underneath with roaring bear in blue ink.
Approximately 18.5cm high.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A TOY and should be kept out of the reach of children.