Because the Jean Cocteau Theater, brought back to the people of Santa Fe by George R.R. Martin, is a home of story telling, this exhibition focuses on story telling. Each piece has a distinct narrative. Some works are directly related to a particular story as “Walking With Alice” refers to Alice in Wonderland or a narrative of itself as “Naruko 1948” relates to the creation of the kokeshi doll in Occupation Japan.
The intentional narratives in these works are suggested by similar colors, textures, dimensions and design organization. The clay figures resembling Japanese kokeshi dolls are a story telling device objectifying people foreign to our typical understanding. They embody the feeling of “otherness” that we often assign to people we consider different or even less than ourselves.
All of the work in this exhibit is new, completed during this past year and has not been exhibited until now. It is transitional work which has grown during the creation of this exhibit.