“Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls.” Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
Through this series of oil paintings, drawings, and digital images, I explore the themes of both fear and bliss, and how they entwine between my childhood memories. Twisted, personified shadows in lively playrooms, terrifyingly human-like dolls, and bouquets of beautiful flowers accompanied by deathly moths. In my presentation of spooky dollhouses, I use references of horror in pop-culture, such as The Exorcist, Nosferatu, and The Shining. In my search of the dollhouse’s symbolic meaning, I researched the Henrik Ibsen’s famous play by A Doll’s House. The desire to build emotional tension within my paintings was inspired by Ibsen’s everlasting message of the interaction between love and hate, fear and bliss, and freedom and imprisonment.