about the artist
Jana Seven is a self-taught artist, living in New England.
Her work pulls from nature, dreams, and folk tales. Her obsessive fascination with the past, and the beauty and importance of death and decay pervades her thoughts and haunts her work. Jana’s art can be found in private collections throughout the world.
about the dolls
"I started making dolls when my brain was in a very dark place. Making dolls was my way out.
At first they were very rough little sculptures made from twigs and string and wire and rope. Every time a character took form and existed in the physical world, another would takes it's place and demand to be seen and held.
Slowly, slowly the rudimentary little heaps became characters with faces and limbs. Ragged little beings who'd been forgotten and neglected in the way-up-high attic of my brain.
Whose eyes beg to be listened to.
They clutch their rags.
They whisper their story."
You can sit in on a discussion between Byrne Power and myself here. We discuss the definitions of Creepy, Doll, Puppet and lots of other cool things.