rag & bone dolls
about the dolls
"The first dolls I created came about in an attempt to excersize characters, ideas and stories out of my head that had been haunting me for years.
They were very rough little sculptures made from twigs and string and wire and rope. Every time a character took form and existed in the physical world, another would takes it's place and demand to be seen and held.
Slowly, slowly the rudimentary little heaps became characters with faces and limbs. Ragged little beings who'd been forgotten and neglected in the way-up-high attic of my brain.
Whose eyes beg to be listened to.
They clutch their rags.
They whisper their story."
"...in my dreams the world would come alive,
becoming so captivatingly majestic,
free and ethereal, that afterwards it would be
to breathe the dust of this painted life."
Jana Christy is a self-taught artist, living in New England.
Her work pulls from nature, dreams, and folk tales. Her obsessive fascination with the past, and the beauty and importance of decay pervades her thoughts and haunts her work. Jana’s art can be found in private collections throughout the world.