Tuesday 19 January 2010

Let me tell you a story


I'd like to introduce you to a few new acquaintances

Linnet, who prefers her bird friends to people. She prefers mist and twilight to sunshine. the birdcage door is always open, a comfort rather than a cage.

Brenna, who knows of the secret garden behind the old wooden door

Corinne, who dreams of island life, wandering the cliff tops and collecting flowers.

These exquisite creations are the work of Nottingham-based mixed media artist Gillian Lee Smith. Love at first sight! Gillian has a lifetime fascination with storytelling, history, fairytales and folklore. Her work (painting, felt and soft sculpture) explores the expression and characterisation of human nature, a glimpse of the hidden, and is influenced by the Baroque and Victorian periods.
Each of her sculptural characters tells an original tale and endeavors to embody a whole lifestory with a single image, a way of seeking the perfect representation of our character. They are a nod towards her own imaginations, avid reading and childhood dreams.

Need I say more? Gillian's work is quite extraordinary, moving infact. Her sculptures have a soul. Why don't you take a look for yourself?


  1. Very melancoly(sp?) look on their faces,so heartfet. I also like the story on their clothes...very unique.

  2. I find these quite haunting and sorrowful but I can see them in an animated story too - really beautiful

  3. These are so amazing! I love the way their bodies illustrate something larger about them. And their faces - full of such longing and sorrow. Amazing!

  4. ton imagination ou leurs histoires?

  5. Aren't they just magnificent! So other-worldly and I love the way they have that melancholy of being trapped in their skins... (sorry, am I getting a bit creepy?!) Great find Deb. K

  6. They are exquisite! Linnet stole my heart.

  7. These are awesome! So cute and so melancholic.

  8. Those are really cool! I have always wanted to make dolls! maybe one day!


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