Guise and Dolls: A brief history of dolls from Venus to Voodoo, Barbie to Bellmer

Dolls are the oldest and most popular toys that ever existed. Most of us have been entertained, comforted or disturbed by one at some point in our lives.

As relational objects, dolls function as an extension of the body and the psyche and have been used throughout history as fetish objects, magical intermediaries, teaching tools and embodiments of erotic anxieties.

In this lecture, artist Melissa Ichiuji will discuss the use of doll imagery in contemporary art and the tradition of doll making as a vehicle for self-discovery and spiritual transformation.

Melissa Ichiuji is an American artist based in Virginia. Her art explores themes relating to eroticism, female empowerment and fragility. She has exhibited in Paris, Brussels, Munich, Berlin, NYC and Washington DC. Her art has been featured in Art in America, Art Investor, NY ART, Textiel Plus Magazine and the book 100 Artists of Washington DC.

When: February 18, 2016
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: 11810 Parklawn Drive
Artists & Makers Studios
Rockville, MD20852United States