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Anouk No.2

One of a kind, created September 2011


Height 13ins/33cms approx.


Anouk No.2 is the second of a series of dolls inspired by the holly trees we see every day on our walk. The woods behind us are filled with a dappled tangle of oak and bright beech, but it is the kaleidoscopic undergrowth of resilient hollies, stumps and deformities that catch at us as we pass.


The hollies are like sisters, closely rooted and even on occasion melded together at knee and shoulder. They support but also bear down on one another. Conjoined Anouk(s) are stuck in the black peaty soil made by years of rotten beech leaf and copper run off. The odd penny of light gleams on their limbs, but they have become accustomed to living in the half light beneath the broadleaves. This has left them pale and their hair has grown thinly. One (or two) small but wiry almost-twins.


Experience now is fragmented. There is a memory of a tiny old doll with a crown strung with little glass beads falling away on broken cotton threads, and the Forest is strung with autumn.

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Taken on September 11, 2011