Shell Bell Shaking Doll

 

The Shell Bell Shaking Doll:

She was a multi-purpose object

And made a variety of textural sounds

Chinking of bells

Clicking of shells

The dull thud of organs suspended within a hollow

Their deep and heavy percussion

Reverberating

Tasselling around her

Prickling

Metallic fragments

Sound out from pale bells

And whitish shells

A chalky body

Carved and curved

Arching over

Her painfully embroidered beaded fabric heart

Lungs of lace rustling

Under a dome

Her shells and her bells

Rang out in another realm

Skeins of silvered twine

Slivers of shivering glass

Pelts of soft fur that cannot warm her

Hand strokes of paint are

Memories of a gentle touch

An aura of sound and movement

Are shaking out of her still

Shell Bell - graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell – graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell - graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell – graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell - graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell – graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell - graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell – graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell - graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell – graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell - graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell – graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell - graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell – graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

Shell Bell graphite Indian Ink watercolour collage gold dust on acid free cartridge paper 59.4cm x 84.1cm

 

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