Korean Dolls: A Celebration of Life overview photo

Korean Dolls: A Celebration of Life

  • Type:Campbell Gallery
  • Duration:Temporary

(date) 11/12/2003–3/31/2004

Doll making is an important and enduring art form in Korea, with dolls often depicting traditional scenes or subjects. The expressive nature of the dolls in this exhibit captures the character of rural life in mid-20th century Korea.

The dolls are made from pieces of brilliantly colored mulberry paper that is added layer by layer over a wire frame and secured with wheat flour glue as the dollmaker works to achieve the desired form. Every detail of these charming scenes, from colorful clothing to rosy cheeks, is made with paper.

The creation of these mulberry paper dolls adds to the long list of paper crafts that have flourished in Korea since the 1400s. Over the years, paper has been used by members of all levels of society to create an amazing variety of items, from stationery, flowers, lanterns, and kites to furniture, windows, and armor.

This exhibit displays the creations of artist Soon Oak Kim, whose dolls have been shown throughout Korea.