This tiny, intricate doll is an extremely significant piece in my artistic development because she is the symbol of my creative identity and the Mother of all The Enchanted Dolls.
She is flawed, but absolutely perfect because in her I have somehow captured the image of what I truly wanted to create for many years of my childhood and adolescence but was unable to articulate until that moment. She was the beginning of my true creative renaissance, stylistic maturity and commitment.
Ironically enough, she started out as nobody in particular but in the process grew into the fairytale character of Cinderella-the personification of Transformation. By either strange coincidence or a deliberate act of fate, the time and process of her creation coincided with my own personal transformation. Perhaps the time was just right for me to take the new step.
At the time I was twenty, in my second year of Art school and going through a major Creative Identity crisis. I was overwhelmed with the intellectual and creative demands of art school. I stopped drawing and painting due to the learning shock of having all my preconceived notions of Art stripped away by the contemporary, modern thought that prevailed in the school.
When I began making Cinderella I was frustrated and disillusioned with myself, the school and my future. When I finished her four months later, I emerged inspired, driven and strong. From that point on I began to discover and comprehend who I really was. That’s when I began to realize that I must make dolls to be happy.