|Written by||Oliver Stangl|
|Published on||March 7, 2011|
„I think artists as a whole have this weird thing were you’re just driven into something and sometimes you don’t really know why … but i was alwas driven to [...]
„I think artists as a whole have this weird thing were you’re just driven into something and sometimes you don’t really know why … but i was alwas driven to sculpt females.“, says Matt McMullen. Watching the short film by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari, you have to admit that the man is very good at what he does.
The film starts with close-ups of one of the dolls and the effect is either eerie or erotic – depending on your taste (maybe even both). But his is not your usual display dummy or a life-size Barbie doll. The artist really goes into detail – every detail. The man clearly is passionate about his work and has some nice anecdotes to tell, for example about a lonely man in Alaska who ordered of one the puppets. Looking at the huge amount of puppets in the artist’s studio, one can see that the market for McCullen’s creations seems to be rather huge. A great short film which reminded the reviewer of Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka, who had a doll (anatomically detailed) of femme fatale and muse Alma Mahler-Werfel manufactured in 1918. Seems like this is not a new market at all.
For those interested in the Alma doll, historic details can be found here:
Watch documentary here