Earth Charmer

Valerie Bunnell

Earth Charmer may cast spells and dance her way into spiritual realms. Part shaman and part magician, she locates power in natural objects and talismans that can be mysteriously invoked to influence persons and events.

These mixed-media figures explore the space between the make-believe and the real. Inspired by old dolls and marionettes, they are composed of white earthenware and have been individually stamped and textured. They are assembled with metal wire to allow articulation and a sense of potential. Various found and fabricated objects further establish their narrative identities.

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  • Made of mixed-medias
  • Assembled with metal wire for articulation
  • Made in USA
  • 18" tall
  • All items are handmade and subject to availability.
  • Shipping times will vary
Artist Info
" I infuse my figures with narrative identities that refer to other realities. Somewhere between the make-believe and the real, each of the pieces discover their own story, revealed by text, materials, and movement."

I have always been drawn to the outdoors. I love exploring landscapes, collecting and arranging things I find there. Nature offers me its patterns, colors and textures for inspiration, as do the urban landscapes I've lived in for much of my life.

It was never difficult for me to imagine the artifacts of nature as retaining life, even when they are no longer alive. I will never forget the antiques and folk art my mother collected, and how they mystified and thrilled me. Old dolls, marionettes and puppets continue to fascinate me with their enigmatic spirits and hidden past lives. As an artist I have always wanted to create unusual objects that could refer to other realities, and which would possess a mysterious logic of existence.

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