Ourya Mahmoudi is a doll maker and creates one-of-a-kind and highly sophisticated art dolls. She explains: “when we were children and the world was too big for us, we were given dolls so we won’t be scared and we pretended that we were those dolls. We wanted to scale down the world for our dolls—small shoes, small outfits, small houses…but when we grew up the world became the right size for us and we set aside our dolls…yet there were a few who did not change. The world was still too big for them. They went back to their dolls and became doll makers.” Mahmoudi’s dolls are fascinating explorations of materials, forms, textures and colors that evoke multitude of emotions in the viewers. The beads, yarns, bottoms, stitches and fabrics are not decorative elements but essential components of each doll’s character. Mahmoudi has playfully made unique and mysterious dolls that are pregnant with secrets and seduce us to imagine our own stories for them.
Images by: Ourya Mahmoudi © Written by Roshanak Keyghobadi, 2019. This text cannot be quoted, translated or published in part or as a whole without Roshanak Keyghobadi’s permission.