Photo Credit: Eldi Dundee
There are 15 Divination Dolls TM in the runic-doll kit, each with a runic symbol carved into their backs and painted with blood-red nail varnish. The full title of the kit is Divination Dolls TM: Initiation into the Blood Mysteries. There is a book that comes with the kit, which explains what each runic doll symbol means, and giving advice on how to cast the Divination Dolls TM. The reader is given the choice of the Six Doll Drop divination method or the Three Doll Spread reading. If you haven't guessed by now, the book and the kit is meant to be tongue in cheek, however, as has been remarked by viewers: it would still work as a divination method if the person believed in it and felt an intuitive connection to the dolls and their meanings. This from people who read and believe in the psycological processes involved in a tarot reading. The kit makes fun of my own adolescent girlie fascination with methods of divination to tell me when I would be rich, famous, married and with how many beautiful children, etc.
In installation it invites the viewer to interact and give themselves or one another doll readings using the dolls and the book, while the video cheekily condescends to instruct them. Hand made cushions by the artist, a Turkish area rug borrowed from the curator, and a knackered 80s telly (that didn't work in the end) were part of the installation for Play Nice, Now ! at Nolias Gallery.
Dimensions are variable as are the furnishings.
vintage cardboard suitcase, vintage wallpaper, Barbies, nail varnish, ribbon, paper, moving image