We Interview Artist Fifi Doll about her artwork and process.
How and when did you decide to start creating art with dolls?
About 4 years ago I was doing some design work for a clothing line that led me to be in the possession of around 100 dolls. Just fashion dolls like Barbie, Bratz, and Monster High but it was amazing. I was having more fun with them than I was the collection,and so I wanted to explore this fascination.
There is something about dolls; they are at the precepis of reality, the uncanny Valley, they are hollow and plastic but also beautiful and full of expression.
Are they haunted with the soul of your invisible friend?
Are they the embodiment of what you want to be like when you grow up. It's all up to you, they have endless possibilities like a blank canvas itself.
What is it about dolls that is special for you?
At the time I started in this medium I was thinking a lot about the relationship between the soul and body. I had gone through some very difficult and damaging times.
And something was resonating with me in the dolls hard outer shell and hollow centre.
Thinking of my soul protected in the shell of my body was really healing for me.
Did you have a medium before dolls?
I was a fashion and print designer before this! I feel like a baby artist compared to my friends who studied art while I studied fashion technology. But learning is also exciting, so I'm enjoying this journey.
What is your process of finding inspiration?
I'm very introspective, and I'm currently working on a project of 100 demon dolls that represent my demons or how society's demons affect me. But aesthetically I'm really drawn to ukiyo-e and Japanese wood block painting.
Do you listen to music or podcasts while you work?
I have to have some sound just to drown out my inner monologue! I listen to music, at the moment I'm really into Jerkcurb. But recently it's been all podcasts: MBMBAM and Rpg podcasts like the glass cannon and The Adventure Zone.
What is your key advice for those wanting to make doll art.
Thin your paints!
What’s next for your art?
I want to do my first solo exhibition this year! But I'm also starting a YouTube channel for painting and things so we'll see, I always bite off more than I can chew.