Cinnamon Willis

Studio Building
Studio Interior
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Studio Location
The Claw, paper clay 2.5"x 15", May 2012
Scarlet, paper clay 2"x 14", April 2012
They're all I have, paper clay 2.4"x 16", May 2012
I didn't mean to hurt you, paper clay, 5"x13", Oct. 2011
Trudy, paper clay, 2" x 12", Jan. 2012
Artist's Statement

My artwork comes from a place that I don't normally share with others. Like many of us, I put on a mask to fit in. Once I'm in my artistic zone, I am able to take off the mask and let my creativity flow. I like to take things from my surroundings and reinterpret them. With my dolls, I wanted to create them to be kind of cute but dramatic. I felt that they shouldn't wear the mask that we do from day to day. My main objective was for the dolls to conjure up a strong feeling from the viewer whether it be good or bad.
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My real name is Cinnamon Willis and I love making dolls. I was born in 1982 in Brooklyn New York and I’ve been interested in art since the age of 6. At 8 yrs old, I was enrolled in a comic book drawing class at Brooklyn College where I was the youngest of the group. In 2005, a multimedia gaming environment along with a poster I created was on display at The Queens Media Arts Development (QMAD) as part of their annual Framing AIDS art exhibition. I graduated from The New York College of Technology with an Associates degree in Art and Advertising and a Bachelors degree in Communication Design. I just recently started creating dolls as of July 2010 seeking advice from other doll makers that I’ve met on the internet and at shows. I came up with the name “Melandolly’s” for my dolls since they were intended to express a feeling of sadness. I have been learning and improving on my dolls ever since and constantly looking for new techniques.