Oil-Painted Cloth Doll

Name: Maya

Made by and When: Sue Sizemore, 2016

Material: Oil-painted cloth, alpaca wool

Marks: (Handwritten on the back) Maya/Sue Sizemore/2016

Height: 17 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Dark brown alpaca wool hair styled in soft curly bangs with two side pigtails tied with fabric that matches the dress; realistically painted brown eyes and facial features in a style that only Sue Sizemore can capture

Clothes: Maya wears a light yellow and tan checkered dress with two front pockets and matching pantaloons.  Yellow shoes are painted onto the feet.  Two gold-tone necklaces with ivory-colored enamel pendants—one flower shaped with a faux diamond, the other rose-shaped—are at her neck.  Tiny square acrylic earrings are sewn onto her earlobes.

Other: Named by the curator, who asked the artist to include the doll’s name in the body signature, Maya is a one-of-a-kind, oil-painted cloth doll with four points of articulation, straight legs, individually stitched fingers, and a separate thumb. (The neck is not jointed.) In her right pocket are two string-wrapped figures, her toys.  (The artist said, “she wanted some toys.”)



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Published by DeeBeeGee

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One thought on “Oil-Painted Cloth Doll

  1. The first photo at the top of this page, seems to depict a child wearing someone’s notion of a life-like mask. I found it disturbing, initially. Yet, once recovered from the shock, I found it quite beautiful. Very surprised to see it is a recent 2016 product.


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