Cinnamon Willis

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Work1 Title: The Nymph Year: 2012 Material: Paper clay Dimensions: H 15.5 W 3.5 D Work2 Title: Women’s Troubles Year: 2015 Material: Paper clay Dimensions: H 17.5 W 11.75 D Work3 Title: Joyce Year: 2014 Material: Paper clay Dimensions: H 16.5 W 9.5 D Work4 Title: Homage to Frida Year: 2012 Material: Paper clay Dimensions: H 10 W 8.5 D 3 Work5 Title: They’re all I have Year: 2012 Material: Paper clay Dimensions: H 15.5 W 2.5 D

Statement:

I work in a range of mediums but my main focus lately has been in sculpting with paper clay. My sculptures can be referred to as dolls, but they are not meant to be played with. I like to work with expressions, my pieces usually display a hint of sadness which is why I called them Melandollys. They are a reflection of how we are taught in society to hide our feelings. We are constantly surrounded with images of cheerful people in media and it conditions us to believe something is wrong when we feel otherwise. I juxtapose these undesirable feelings and expressions with dolls since they are normally thought of as smiling objects of play and confront the viewer with emotions that are normally reserved for the privacy of one’s home. This is my way of encouraging people to be more comfortable with their inner feelings and accept that we are not perfect.

Resume:

Cinnamon Willis
E:cinnamonwillis@gmail.com • W:Melandolly.com

TWO PERSON EXHIBITION
9/2014 Astro Nuts and Cinnamon Willis, ISE Cultural Foundation, SoHo, NY

GROUP EXHIBITION
1/2015 Royal Street Group Exhibit, Msaniart Gallery, New Orleans, LA
9/2014 Imagine This, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
9/2014 The Bronx Artist Documentary Project, Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY
8/2014 August Gallery Show, The House of Spoof Collective, Bronx, NY
8/2014 Access to Art, BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY
7/2014 Through the Frame, The House of Spoof Collective, Bronx, NY
6/2014 NorthSide Art Street Festival, Northside, Brooklyn, NY
3/2014 Artist Chain Reaction Competition, Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY
12/2013 Whimsical Winter Wonderland, Poe Park Visitor’s Center Gallery, Bronx, NY
6/2013 Invitational Show, SPACEWOMb Gallery, Long Island City, NY
6/2013 Affordable Art Show, MF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
12/2012 MF Gallery Toy Show, MF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
8/2012 The Great Doll Harvest, Dollirium Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada
7/2012 Invitational Show, SPACEWOMb Gallery, Long Island City, NY
7/2012 Small Works, The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
7/2012 Forever Young, SPACEWOMb Gallery, Long Island City, NY
12/2011 MF Gallery Toy Show, MF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
12/2005 Framing AIDS, Queens Media Arts Development. (QMAD), Queens, NY

PUBLICATIONS
MAGAZINES
Catapult Art Magazine, Louisville, Ky, April 2013
Pretty Toys Magazine, Russia, March 2012
Art Doll Quarterly Magazine, Laguna Hills, CA, May 2011

ONLINE ARTICLES
Maria Aspan, “The Hustle of a Doll Maker”, The Billfold, December 2012,

http://thebillfold.com/2012/12/the-hustle-of-a-doll-maker-a-chat-with-cinnamon-willis/

AWARD
9/2014 Best in Show Go

Place: Bronx NY

Contact: cinnamonwillis@gmail.com

Website: http://melandolly.com/