The Doll Motif Comparison Essay by cee-cee

The Doll Motif
An analysis and comparison of the dolls of Mike Kelley and Yoshitomo Nara.
# 115008 | 2,143 words | 5 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 02, 2009 in Art (Other Mediums) , Music Studies (Blues, Jazz)

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The paper explores the similarities and differences between Mike Kelley and Yoshitomo Nara's usage of the doll motif, and their true purposes in utilizing this unusual totem of popular culture. The paper explains that while Kelley employs the doll motif as a means of probing the nature of abjection, Nara's seems to be exploring adolescent alienation. The paper points out that Nara tends to favor static materials, such as paint, while Kelley's dolls are made of everything from fabrics to stuffed animals. The paper concludes by asserting that behind the work of both artists lies a certain amount of pain.

The Abject: Mike Kelley
Totems of Adolescent Alienation: Yoshitomo Nara

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Besher, K. N.D., "Yoshitomo Nara," AssemblyLanguage, [Online] Available at:
  • Davis, B. 2005, "I Want My Mike Kelley," Artnet Magazine, [Online] Available at:
  • Lewis, J. 2005, "The Last Great 20th Century Artist," Slate, [Online] Available at:
  • Saltz, J. 2005, "Clusterfuck Aesthetics," Artnet Magazine, [Online] Available at:
  • "Speaking Volumes: 19 Interviews," November 2006, Art in America

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