Making them, Stonaker says, is "like giving birth: You never know what your child is going to be like. It's like having an intimate relationship with these dolls, when I work on them so many hours." And they do take on a life of their own, she adds: "They channel feelings about things in a way we can't quite do as humans. They encourage magical, hopeful, escapist things -- a change of consciousness into more whimsical, beautiful thought processes. It's like creating a new mythology."
Plus, they're damn beautiful. See Stonaker's dolls at the reception from 6 to 11 p.m. at Hinterland, 3254 Walnut Street; the gallery will also be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on First Friday in March. Go to http://hinterlandartspace.com or call 720-309-1764.
Feb. 24-March 16, 2012