Reliable Series


The Reliable Series is named after the Reliable Toy Company in Toronto which once produced the majority of these dolls. The photographs are large format close up of doll faces. The artist uses digital photography as a means of reclaiming these common childhood playthings, many of which have been found second-hand or purchased on eBay. Each image has been constructed out of dozens of individual photos that have been digitally stitched together to capture the fine detail of each doll’s expression, their individual quirks and personalities. At first glance these images appear cheerful and bright, but they also call to mind historical mourning and memorial photographs, which often focused on children as their subject. If these luminous images suggest an aspect of childhood innocence, then they also seize upon the haunting quality of innocence lost.