Monday, July 16, 2007

Plaster People

From a Voice article on Morton Bartlett, a Bostonian born in 1903:

He lived alone, but peopled his leisure hours with plaster sculptures of children that he created, using anatomy books and growth charts as guidelines. These little people were somewhat less than half life-size, but startlingly detailed, from eyelashes to pudenda. There are three identical boys, each about eight years old, whom scholars have assumed to be self-portraits. But most are girls, about a dozen of them, from prepubescent to teenage, arrested in the first indefinable bloom of youth. Bartlett arrayed them in wigs, hats, and exquisite hand-sewn and hand-knit clothing that he'd designed, then photographed them in staged tableaux—movie stills featuring his personal galaxy of stars.

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