Roberta Griffith, ‘Matchbox Series: Matchless Vestiges 2011 Box no. 2’, 2011, galerie 103
Roberta Griffith, ‘Matchbox Series: Matchless Vestiges 2011 Box no. 2’, 2011, galerie 103

Miniature porcelain doll body parts and porcelain baseballs, fired to C/11, and the statement fit completely within in a European size cardboard matchbox when it is closed. There are two complete dolls (head, body, two arms, and two legs, plus an extra arm and leg, and four baseballs).

Statement (folded in thirds inside the matchbox):
The title, Matchless Vestiges 2011, Box no. 2, describes these unassembled handmade white porcelain miniature doll body parts, and the undecorated, tiny ceramic baseballs randomly placed within the matchbox. Dolls appeared in the Near East as early as 6500 BC, as fired and unfired clay figurines, fetishes and toys. Dolls have been found in cultures worldwide for centuries; they are intrinsic to mankind. The baseballs provide an additional contemporary note. The anthropomorphic white doll body parts and baseballs signify a union of the past, the present and future. In addition, these objects allude to the universal cyclical nature of life and death. They are a metaphor for remnants of broken lives, broken toys, and unfulfilled promise, whether from politics, strife, wars, human intervention or natural disasters; things that go to the core of our existence.

About Roberta Griffith

USA, b. 1937, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States, based in Princeville, HI, United States