Caitie Kohl Paper Doll 1 10.5x14.5in watercolor, color-pencil, thread, gesso, and marker on watercolor paper 2018 Paper Doll 1 is the first work in my Paper Doll series. While making this series, I was thinking about the strict canon of perfection society places on women, and how children are given toys that comply with these complex standards. This series was also inspired by toys I made for myself throughout my childhood. I loved drawing and cutting paper dolls and sewing dolls that were made from cut fabric and cotton. For this painting, I sewed an idealized and sexualized “paper doll” figure onto the background by cross-stitching with a needle and thread. I wanted the thread to outline the figure, replacing the head for a noose.
Caitie Kohl Paper Doll 2/Tako in the Jungle 10x13in watercolor, color-pencil, thread, and marker on watercolor paper 2018 Paper Doll 2/Tako in the Jungle is the second painting in my Paper Doll series. Similar to the anglerfish, octopi are a matriarchal species with bizarre reproductive traits, and will sometimes strangle their partners after mating. I painted a portrait of two hybrid, octopus-human paper dolls to poke fun at the strict canon of perfection society places on women.
Caitie Kohl Paper Doll 3 color-pencil and pen 9x12in 2018