The "Untitled (Self Portrait)" voodoo dolls were hand-made from
the artist's bedsheets, and stuffed with his used socks. Each figure sported his hair, fingernails, blood, and passport photo; and accessories ranged from needles, pins, razor blades, match books, Bic lighters... as well as crystals, coins, garlic, copper on wrists/ankles, spinal fortification. Laborious fine embroidery is featured as a constant. Over 40 works were made over a period of 2 years. His destiny and fate is in the hands of the viewer. The spirit of the artist is invested. Possession is a trust. Several were stolen from the New York exhibition in 1995.

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© ​ALAN BELCHER 2013

"Untitled (Self-Portrait)" 1994

Hand-made from the artist's bedsheets, stuffed with his used socks, his hair, his fingernails, his blood, his passport photo, garlic, crystal, copper wire, thread. 13" x 5" x 1½ inches / 33cm x 17,7cm x 3,8cm The Bailey Collection