The Flight of Metropolis Maria

27 March 2011

I found three of these 1950s dolls in a local flea market.  You can’t tell by this picture but they have very fierce accusatory eyes.  One of them is standing on the table in my studio and has been watching me since the first 10A scalpel blade was exercised at the start of this process.  I have the notion she is very likely composing her first collection of poetry which she will release under the pen name Metropolis Maria.   The limbs of these particular dolls are too hard and brittle to cut with a normal blade, so they have remained intact on my table – though on the outside of the packets they came in, are the instructions ‘Make and pin clothes to the doll’s soft body.’  Which suggests they were born for cruelty.  This is perhaps some kind of refutation on my part.