Dolls have always been viewed as creepy and frightful creations, even before Chucky was introduced to the world in the 1988 horror film Child’s Play. At a doll’s core, it is a miniaturized representation of a human being. That alone should set off your creepy senses. Of course, there are some people out there who actually utilize dolls as their artistic outlet for all of their morbid thoughts and ideas. Shain Erin, an American surrealist and visionary, is the perfect example of one such person.
Although his dolls could be viewed as twisted and terrifying, they can also be viewed as powerful forms of art. In fact, Shain Erin’s dolls have been featured in galleries all around the world, including the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy, Norway, Germany, and Australia.
From Shain Erin’s website:
I am fascinated with the way that dolls can function simultaneously as contrived objects and living entities. This paradox of an object with a “soul” makes the doll a powerful tool to explore the spiritual predicament of corporeality. In my figures, the struggle to reconcile spirit and flesh is explored through various states of physical mis-creation, transformation and dissolution. This monstrous realism reflects an inner landscape of psychological and spiritual struggle with the pain and wonder of existence.
As someone who appreciates the darker side of life, Shain Erin is a breath of fresh air. Fear, death, and morbidity are parts of what it means to be human. Some people simply choose to ignore these facts, focusing instead on the lighter sides of life – love, happiness, joy. However, without the sensations of fear, death, and morbidity, you could not fully appreciate life, love, and happiness. Is this what Shain Erin is trying to represent with his dolls? Maybe, maybe not, it’s simply my interpretation. If you have a separate understanding, I would love to hear it.