Sherri Wood (1964- ) collects cloth dolls at thrift shops and then sends them to some of the county's most prominent female tattoo artists who draw original tattoos on the dolls bodies. After this process, Sherri then hand embroiders the art on the dolls. The Tattoo Baby Doll Project serves to break down barriers and prejudices about women’s work and roles, tattoo subculture, craft and art. The project strikes a subtle balance between these varied traditions and the communities they represent, thus questioning the lines that define, separate and empower each tradition. It draws together two distinct and distant marginal groups, yet the embroidery and tattoo work together to expose an underlying metaphor intrinsic to both marginal groups. It is through the recognition of shared metaphors that cultural hierarchies and personal prejudices begin to break down.
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