Portfolio > Frozen Charlotte

Charlottes with Shadows VII
Mixed Media, Oil Stick, Oil Paint and Graphite on Paper
22" x 30"
2013
Charlottes with Shadows VI
Oil stick and graphite on rag paper
22" x 27.5"
2013
Charlottes with Shadows V
Mixed Media on Paper
13" x 19"
2013
Charlottes with Shadows IV
Mixed Media, Water Color, Gouache and Graphite on Paper
13" x 19"
2013
Charlottes with Shadows II
Mixed Media on Paper
13" x 19"
2013

In 1979 I was living in Chicago and wandered into a small junk/antique shop. There on a shelf I found rows and rows of a 6" high naked porcelain dolls called Frozen Charlotte. The repetitive odd sight of this chubby five-year-old body fascinated me. The proprietor of the store told me that the Charlotte dolls were produced around the turn of the century after a child named Charlotte disappeared during a blizzard. She was found five days later, naked and frozen to death. I immediately bought as many dolls as I could afford.

I was always haunted by the fact that the dealer I bought the dolls from, as well as the subsequent antique and doll dealers I spoke to about Charlotte never thought odd of the fact that the child Charlotte was found naked. In 1998 I brought Charlotte into my studio and began this series.