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Labonne - The Model of Artifice
Kevina Labonne, PhD student

The Model of Artifice

My practice-based research aims to analyse the significance of the doll as an artificial miniaturized representation of the human form, and as a substitute for the artist's living model. Through the staging, the animate becomes animate and the unreal blurs into the real. The artificial body of the Character Doll, which is a doll with highly realistic and expressive facial features, becomes an easy jeopardy for the real body, with an unlimited potential for manipulation and representation. My paintings and drawings are profound reflections on abuse, horror, and trauma and its eternal return, often revealing a perturbed and perverted depiction of childhood.