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