In the past, I made dolls as to ward off negativity, a way to keep dangers at bay for me and my family. When my children were young , I started making sculptures in the form of dolls and gave them the power to guard us all against disease and accidents. As my children grew, my interest in doll-making waned but eventually I came back around to work in three dimensions, giving up the canvas for building boulders and walls from scratch, objects that serve the same purpose as the dolls, to guard against the negative and to celebrate the human spirit that ebbs and flows but never wanes.
I was pleasantly surprised to open this book and find a chapter on a doll I had sold to Mary Randolph Cater. Mary’s feelings about this doll touched me deeply.