'Talisman' oil painting (2007) and Sleeping Sybilla (2012) by Jennybird Alcantara
Jennybird Alcantara is a San Francisco-based painter and maker of art dolls. She is inspired by fairytales and fables, mythology, nature and freaks of nature, melancholy and classical music, long road trips to the middle of nowhere and the surprises found along the way, Victorian fashion, old medical book illustrations, folk art, costuming, creepy religious statues and paintings, carnivals, trips down memory lane, broken objects out of place, life and death and everything in between.
Alcantara recently released, Sleeping Sybilla, a 22-inch art doll based on her paintings.
Sleeping Sybilla is dreaming Wonderlands, of deer legged ladies hopscotching with Elephants, under starlit nights, while songbirds sing lullabies to china dolls and wildebeests.
Sleeping Sybilla’s face and body are fabric printed with art from Alcantara’s original oil paintings. The dolls are made of hand-sewn cotton, linen, tulle, lace, wool and satin ribbon.
There’s an edition of 150 Sleeping Sybillas, each with a certificate of authenticity, available for $150 each here.
I like this quote from the premiere issue of Hi-Fructose:
“Raggedy Ann had better step up her game because Jennybird’s reanimated dollies are about to tear her screen-printed heart out.”
Jennybird Alcantara (photo via Carnival of Saints and Souls)