D i a n a  D u r r a n d
contemporary mixed media artist

Paper Doll Portrait #41

Hecate with her hounds 36"x18" mixed media on canvas


As children many of us played with paper dolls, carefully cutting out with scissors the costumes and folding the white tabs around the cardboard forms. The paper doll becomes the metaphor and the fabric a new palette, which I use to explore physical, emotional and intellectual perspectives about what it means to be human in our complex world and how we reveal and conceal ourselves in our 'second skin'. Through collage I want to echo the fabrics' patterns, strength and beauty in often vibrant backgrounds that envelope and embrace the subject in time, mood and place.