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  • The Dolls House

    THE DOLLS HOUSE photos formed the practice element of my final dissertation for my MA Art & Design in Education. This is the statement that accompanies the images.   Despite a production being a collaborative effort, the designer is a very lonely animal  Ralph Koltai There are so many methods that lend themselves to academic research, and yet artists may not feel comfortable without art practice being part of their investigations. In my case this is certainly so, for my practice is embedded in the happy accident, the fortuitous mistake that years of experience and experimentation have taught me to let happen. For me, my symbolic artefact, namely a slightly battered 1960s dolls house, has become the catalyst for productive questioning and, sometimes uncomfortably, contemplation.  I have named it my ‘provocative companion’. It has undoubtedly led me to thoughts and feelings that might not otherwise have emerged. By locating the dolls house in different spaces I have been encouraged, even forced, to consider the parallels between the different spaces in which I work. The performance spaces that exist in both the theatre and hospitals have become my artistic home. And yet, why? The dolls house, situated in isolation or congregated in the photographs, brings about affective responses, even practical insights, often unexpectedly. It is this element of surprise that artistic practice can bring to academic research, exactly as experimentation in all fields should. Please encourage your gaze to wander to and fro across my dolls house photos. What do the images reveal for you?