About Twelvemo

Twelvemo, a highly articulated model of the female form in miniature,  has been made as an incarnation of my own idea of 'Everywoman'.  She is a pocket mannequin, a lay figure that can be manipulated to evoke situations that you or I might find ourselves in, or impossible scenarios from dreams and nightmares.

Part of my interest lies in seeing the reactions and interactions of people that handle the figure. The strange thing is that Twelvemo is of course utterly and entirely passive-just a model after all, an elaborate doll, and yet so eloquent and expressive that it's hard to be convinced that some of that doesn't come from her, which it doesn't! It comes from whoever is using her at that moment. Maybe it's like dream analysis - the person posing the figure reveals a certain amount about themselves in the postures they cause her to take. Her postures can suggest sorrow or joy, fear or freedom, sleep or death. The person using her chooses the meaning.

Historically the female form has been arranged, modified, decorated, worshipped, or beaten and used to sell anything from to sex, to concepts of liberty or justice. I've just made my own figure to objectify, so my work is human, figurative, female. It is autobiographical, fictional and narrative, obsessively produced, and driven by compulsions to make, play, handle, examine, and re-arrange. 

My work is also rooted in the need to work physically with and master the materials, while simultaneously humbling and submitting one's own self to them. Working this way can be a meditation, an act of faith, a marathon of self absorption and occasionally very frustrating.

Significant Reading Material

Monuments and Maidens, Marina Warner

Oh What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me, Edmund Carpenter

The Case for Working With your Hands, Matthew Crawford

The Hand, Frank Wilson

Childhood Reading

Gullivers Travels
, Jonathan Swift
The Borrowers
, Mary Norton
Five Dolls in a House, Helen Clare

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, Rumer Godden

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carol
Thumbelina, Hans Christian Anderson