dolls

The Inner Life of Toronto Mannequins Revealed

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Toronto-based artist Mikäel Surget, who we learned about on Ego-AlterEgo, took a trip to Kensington Market for his birthday and found himself inspired to search for mannequins to photograph. “I know they are inanimate objects, but I see pain and struggle,” Surget wrote of his excursion. The artist transfers the photos with mixed media on wood, referencing the materiality of the object and highlighting the surface imperfections of his canvas. Surge calls them “damaged mannequins,” deconstructing the image and exposing emotions — “like I have deconstructed myself and rebuilding it to represent the beauty that lies beneath.”
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10 Works of Subversive Barbie Art

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The world’s most famous doll celebrated her 55th birthday this weekend. “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices,” creator Ruth Handler once said. Despite the best intentions, Barbie has come under fire for promoting an unhealthy body image to young girls. Her impossible figure and perfect life have been a target for many artists who have subverted the Barbie norm to explore its absurdity and question feminine ideals. Here are just a …Read More

Designer Toys for Grown-Ups

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The holidays are a time for families and loved ones to celebrate togetherness, and they tend to arouse feelings of nostalgia that recall simpler times. The days of being a child and enjoying hours with your favorite toy don’t have to be a distant memory. There are plenty of playthings for grown-ups that encourage similar exploration and fun. We’ve gathered some of our favorite toys that emphasize great design, responsible materials, and conceptual artistry.
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10 Creepy Pop Culture Dolls

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“My name is Talky Tina and I’m going to kill you!” still makes Twilight Zone fans shudder when they watch the anthology series’ “Living Doll” episode. Talky Tina appears to be an innocent toy, until you pull her string…. You can purchase your own Talky Tina, thanks to a new replica that utters the same five phrases from the chilling episode (sampled from the original audio, even). The trope of the evil doll has been featured throughout pop culture, exploiting our fears of the mute, blank, seemingly knowing toys. Here are ten of the creepiest.
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