A house in the woods - Julia Kollewe

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Artist Statement

Julia Kollewe

This dolls' house immediately caught my eye because of its sloping roof and unusual appearance (you cannot see inside), and I am a fan of the Glasgow School of Art. Despite its formal elegance, the house struck me as mysterious and slightly sinister – I longed to see inside to find out what lies behind the dark doors and windows. The drawings I made on the spot, followed by a sugar lift etching made in the workshop at Morley College, sparked the idea of creating a narrative through etchings, loosely based on the fairy tale of Hänsel und Gretel. The witch character is ambiguous - I wanted her to come across as vulnerable as well as scary. After making several etching plates, I decided to use them to create a concertina book, in part because it stands up like a house. It has evolved through a gradual process in the Saturday printmaking class at Morley.

A house in the woods - Julia Kollewe

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

Doll's House

Doll's House

Paris, France

Date: 1912 (made)

Jessie Marion King born 1875 - died 1949

Painted wood, with door and window hinges of leather

V&A collection reference number(s):
MISC135-1977

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