I've been making articulated paper dolls since about 1998 or 1999, and they tie in closely with my other body modification projects. The technology is similar to what I remember making in in elementary school with brads. I played with the idea a bit over the years, but the big inspiration was in 2001 when I found reprints of old French Jumping Jack toys in a Japanese art magazine. I photocopied and assembled them with gardening wire, and from that point I was hooked. Sometimes I make them with parts cut directly from magazines or cardboard packaging, and sometimes with photos and illustrations modified in the computer.

The first gallery is a mixed group.

Below that are two shots of a group of dolls before I finished framing them for my 2005 graduate thesis show at Tufts. I did some simple stop-motion animations with these ones and plan to do more like them again in the future.

The next gallery is from a video shoot with Sarah Milinski around 2002 when we were both studying at the Boston SMFA. As you can see, creepy found objects that we assembled in fun new ways.

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Final printed images do not contain watermarks.


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Me as a paper doll, c. 2004

Mounted dolls, 2005

Silkscreen on masonite, about 4-feet tall, c. 2004

Doll, c. 2003

Digitally assembled. I also printed a version about 3-feet wide and assembled it on cardboard with brads.

Me and my bride, 2006
The finished version is in a 5x7" shadow box.

OK, not dolls, but this gallery made the most sense.
These are necklaces that I cut from boxes of Joe's O's.
I might make more, but they're super tedious.


Dolls with

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Dolls built by me and Sarah Milinski.

Sarah feeding the doll milk.

...love those umbrella parts for smooth movement.