Dolls of the Apocalypse: The Last Toys of the Last Children On Earth


It has been said that the toys of childhood prepare one for the realities of adulthood. If this is true, then the recently discovered Dolls of the Apocalypse may well be preparing us for the end of life as we know it.

Philadelphia intuitive artist Burnell Yow!, who uses found objects in his art, has created a new horrific series of works utilizing doll parts and other objects put together in true Frankensteinian fashion. One can’t help but feel a bit like a time-traveling archeologist being given a glimpse of a possible future in which a child’s toy reflects a post-apocalyptic world gone terribly wrong.

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1 Roberta Enhus April 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Hello! Your work is so cool and very thought provoking …I’m a beginning assembelage artist .I’m looking into aging techniques..May i ask what did you use to create the colour and texture of these dolls? I’m going to sign up for your newsletter. Thank you,Roberta Enhus


2 Burnell Yow! April 16, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Hi, Roberta. I use a patina product made by Modern Options. It includes an iron oxide paint (actually iron filings in the paint), and then a “rusting” solution is applied after the paint dries completely. The solution causes the iron in the paint to rust. I apply the solution with a spray bottle. I also suggest you lay the object in a plastic container of some sort to catch all the excess for reuse. A Google search should turn up info on where you can get the product. Modern Options sells other patina products you might also like. Best Wishes.


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