The full title of this artwork is Catharsis, Things I Didn’t Do in High School… I’d always wanted to reappropriate and draw on my toys and change them but was too timid and feared retribution from my parents so I didn’t do so until much later on with found toys. Many of these explored gender stereotypes and my inability to conform to various social and cultural norms.

All dolls are drawn upon with Sharpie marker and hang by ribbon, treated as ornaments to be hung on the wall for a gallery show, not intended as commentary on hanging.

Catharsis, Galaxy doll featuring celestial symbology and stars
Catharsis, Dryad includes vining floral & plant based imagery
Catharsis, Raven has tribal feathery tattoos
Catharsis, Anansi features webbing, a spider, stitching and ivy vines
Catharsis, Muertos includes skeletal imagery

These particular dolls gained pop culture & arcane symbols and tribal tattoos as an outcry and form of personal assertion and became a testament to self expression. The tattoos themselves breathe life into their forms and have protective and regenerative properties.

Bonus: doll heads with clown makeup as sent for a mail art show
Portrait of myself with dark makeup and crow skull headdress, backlit by the sun.
About the Author

Jennifer Weigel is a multi-disciplinary mixed media conceptual artist residing in Kansas USA. Weigel utilizes a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fibers, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video and writing. You can find more of her work at:

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