Reader's Art 12: Longing for Home New York artistLaThoriel Badenhausen wrote: "Paper dolls! Growing up poor in rural Minnesota, my paper dolls were
wrinkled, faded dolls culled and cut from the Christmas Sears Roebuck
catalog. Every year, I received a
bounty of new paper dolls in the mail.
(Montgomery Ward’s “dolls” were inferior). My paper dolls were constant friends during days spent
indoors waiting out a blizzard. Schiaparelli Fashion Paper Dolls remind me of
that place, those days. Just as a
child I pasted new dresses to a doll when I became bored with her fashion
presence or posture, I have transformed the dated Schiaparelli paper dolls by
giving each doll a face evident in the currently fashionable art context. Yoko Ono, Pamela Lehman, Nara,
Cattelan, Warhol, Jesus and his disciples and McCarthy’s “Tomato Head”."