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Ludus Est

This installation of ceramic dolls and toys, accompanied by the large-scale photographic frieze, Baby House Dream, forms part of a three-way project at the V&A Museum of Childhood entitled Dream On. Curated by Community Development Officer, Teresa Hare Duke as part of the Museum’s regular demonstration of the work of their Community Programme, Dream On explores the power of dreams and the imagination through a range of mixed media artworks. In Ludus Est the two key characters, Caroline and Godfrey, take a journey around the museum after dark to encounter a range of other dolls and toys. Working with the notion that objects come alive after we leave the museum, much like our dreams when we fall asleep, they meet dolls from faraway places, spend some time at school and on the farm and receive some colourful birthday presents. Baby House Dream is composed of dolls houses from the Museum’s collection. In the dream world, the house can be seen as a symbol of the self and in this street of houses dating from the 17th century to the present day, various imaginary characters from my sculpture archive can be seen at the windows.

Photo by Sylvan Deleu
Caroline and Godfrey visit the Farm, 2018, ceramic
Caroline and Godfrey visit the Farm, detail, 2018, ceramic
Caroline and Godfrey go to School, 2018, ceramic
Caroline and Godfrey go to School, detail, 2018, ceramic
Caroline and Godfrey receive Birthday Presents, 2018., ceramic
Caroline and Godfrey receive Birthday Presents, detail, 2018., ceramic
Caroline and Godfrey meet Dolls from Faraway, 2018, ceramic
Caroline and Godfrey meet Dolls from Faraway, detail, 2018, ceramic
Installation of Dream On at the V&A Museum of Childhood, 2018
Installation of Dream On at the V&A Museum of Childhood, 2018