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In Guatemalan folklore, a person can express their concerns to a small worry doll so that the doll may worry in the person’s place.  Artist Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse has created her own series of ceramic worry dolls embodying the twelve most recurrent human concerns:  health, trauma, death, fertility, lust, companionship, love, loneliness, hostility, time, aging, and money.  “A physical manifestation of worry, the dolls are empathetic to our own concerns, our health, our lust, aging, death.  Each doll is a willing audience for the taxing ephemera of our daily toil, they are meant to carry our anxieties for us, so we do not have to.”

Worrydoll...Surgery, 2005 by Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse

Worrydoll...Death, 2005 by Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse

Worrydoll...Love, 2007 by Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse

For more information, visit the artist’s website.

-Jayme Catalano

The artwork of David Ball appeals to my inner, frightened child.  Reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, his works are surrealistic, uncanny, and haunting.  His creatures, simultaneously cute and grotesque, repel and fascinate.  When I first viewed them at 941geary.com, I was fascinated by this artist and I immediately wanted to know more about the brain behind these twee ghouls and their other worlds.  San Francisco based director and photographer Shaun Roberts made a short and fascinating documentary exploring Ball’s attempt to “process feelings about the tenuous nature of relationships” and the motivation behind the work.

David Ball — Moving Towards Light from Shaun Roberts on Vimeo.

Please visit David.Ball.Net for more information.

-Jayme Catalano