Dollboy was the result of my interest in breaking the surface of my body into parts that could be reproduced in order to create copies of it, an idea that I had started to develop in Bodyworks.
When I started working on it, I became interested in the idea of a skin that could be mechanically reproduced and this is why I chose a thin (1mm thick) rubber as the material to realise this project. Rubber has a very strong artificial quality to it as a derivate of petrol while at the same time retaining a skin feel, almost like leather.
Originally I was intending to create two sculptures that would interact with each other as if they were having an argument or a fight – I was directly referencing the works of Lynn Chadwick - and I was going to hang my pieces from the ceiling. I did several drawings portraying this idea, but halfway through the making of the first of the pieces I became interested in the felt sculptures that Robert Morris made and in how he used the material in those works. I thought that I wasn’t making use of the qualities of the material to its fully extent and I decided that I wanted to do something similar with Dollboy, as rubber would allow me to play in a similar way.
At this point I decided to modify the arms so that the piece could hang directly from them or be manipulated.
Originally I thought that stuffing the body that I had made with a material that would make it bulkier would be the best solution but presently I believe that the shape that I have created works better on its own, being completely hollow and manifesting its properties.
I finally decided to modify the legs in the same fashion as the arms and hang it on the wall at the same height of a person.
Using Dollboy as the base material to work in further pieces I have made some drawings proposing other solutions that would involve the participation of the viewer for the piece to be completed, as splitting it in two and having a person walk between both halves so that the body can be experienced from the inside.
The anthropomorphic approach of this variation interests me most at this point.