Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Diabetes = Human Voodoo Doll

DiabetesVoodoo
Here is my contribution to Diabetes Art Day.  If you click the picture, you can read some notes about the supplies I used to create my voodoo self portrait.

23 comments:

  1. At first I want to say how cute it is but then when I look more and think about it, it makes me sad in a way.

    This is going to be an emotional day for me I am sure because the feelings art can bring out in a person is amazing. This really moved me Karen.

    LYLB!

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  2. Wow. I agree with George. It's pain disguised with cuteness. Great job, Karen.

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  3. oh how I wish everyone only had to stick pins in playdoh...

    but yes, she is quite cute...

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  4. I especially like the test strip hair!

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  5. Yeah, there's definitely more than meets the eye here. So weird that something so cute can bring up painful feelings.

    The smarties cheeks were my fave part.

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  6. A thought-provoking piece! Great job!

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  7. She's beautiful.

    I'd love the name of her hair stylist.

    That mop rocks ;)

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  8. Very cute!! I like the Smarties on the cheek!!

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  9. Good eye, Scott, it is Play-Doh!! It was part of the SWAG we received at BlogHer last month - which is particularly appropriate since Lee Ann and I were room-mates at BlogHer. I was going to give the Play-Doh to my godson, but I guess poor Zach will have to do without it.

    Believe it or not, I didn't have to go out and purchase anything for my D Art. Between old diabetes supplies and craft stuff, I already had everything I needed for my creation. :)

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  10. This is absolutely awesome. Bravo! Bravo!

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  11. Cool.. or, um, ouch! Not sure which, but I love it!

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  12. Love it. Of course, in a way, I do echo what others say about our own feelings of feeling like a pin cushion or voodoo doll. But it's so cute, and made me smile! Thanks for sharing this great one! Love the little notes, too!

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  13. How much do I love this?!?! She is so cute and I love the play-dough! But I agree... it makes me sad in a way. But... that's what good art does right? Evoke a multitude of feelings? My daughter didn't even blink about using test strips in her art. That's just our life, I guess! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Pain + CUTE = Artsy Fartsy for sure! Great job.

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  15. I love it. Creative and painful. Perfect!

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  16. I felt that play-doh girl. So much. Thank you!

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  17. Frackin' AWEsome, Karen!!!!
    The pain we hide....

    Now I want some Play-Doh. :-)

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  18. As has been said, your voodoo doll is awesome! It definitely brings up a lot of stuff for me. I'll always love Play-Doh, but when I was a kid, it was a favorite, so the Play-Doh made into a doll reminds me of childhood. A lot of us had diabetes poking and prodding and peeing and intruding on what might have otherwise been normal childhoods and adolescence. So that's what it makes me think of, how sad it is that we didn't get a normal experience, and I think all of us, at least those of us diagnosed before we were adults (I can't speak for those diagnosed later) carry some scars - much like your poor voodoo doll. You can rub some of the scars on the doll away once you remove the sharp objects, but there are always signs because it becomes an integral part of us - like the doll's test strip hair is part of her.

    It's a very rich, meaningful creation, and I'm so happy you offered it as your Diabetes Art Day project. It's been wonderful to see this side of my family, so thank you, Karen :)

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  19. My dad and I both really love your project. It is very moving. Thanks a bunch Karen!

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