LuckyUnlucky aims at enlarging the awareness of the use of child soldiers. By integrating this theme into the visual arts, other than through regular channels like television that only deaden the receivers mind, I wish to bring about a more direct impact.
By carrying out the theme in paintings and in the form of accessible cuddly dolls, so-called Lucky and Unlucky dolls, harsh reality is brought near to the receiver. The dolls are in fact adoption dolls. They will find their way to the protective and safe family surroundings through museums and galeries and in this way breaking through the 'far away from home feeling'.
Lucky dolls & Unlucky dolls
There are 24 dolls and they form 12 couples. A Lucky doll and an Unlucky doll. The Unlucky doll represents a child soldier, the Lucky doll represents an 'ordinary' child. Both characters have their own story. The lucky children, who do not live in horrible circumstances, have their tiny problems, like wearing an itchy and smelly starwars suit, a sick pet or a forgotten nightlamp at summercamp.
By displaying the Lucky an Unlucky dolls next to each other, the contrast is reinforced and painfully clear.
LuckyUnlucky travelling show
The LuckyUnlucky exhibition will be travelling through the Netherlands and other countries. Some of the dolls already popped up in Londen and New York. Check out the news section for news about exhibitions.
What are the dolls made of?
All dolls are printed cotton with blue stitching. They represent a strong emotional overtone. The doll itself has a soft interior. But the backside is made of leather, a 'natural skin' which at the same time symbolizes the crudeness of the child soldiers situation.
We can not predict the color of the leather and it is not possible to order a specific colour.
The filling is a mixture of grinded wood and bird sand. Every doll has a different size, in general they measure 10 in x 4 in.
All dolls are packed in a wooden box with plexiglas lid. Don't forget to take it out on a regular basis, no matter if it's a Lucky or Unlucky doll. Children need to be cuddled and molded into balanced grown ups!
Size of the box: 8.5 inch wide, 11.8 inch high, 3.9 inch deep.
All dolls are numbered and signed by the artist. The first collection consists of 50 dolls of each character. It is not possible to order a specific number.
How long will delivery take?
Depending on your location delivery will take between 1 and 4 weeks.
Can I buy the whole set in one piece?
Yes! The whole set is in fact the complete artwork.
15 dollar of the proceeds is donated directly to War Child.
What is War Child?
War Child International is a network of independent organisations, working across the world to help children affected by war. War Child was founded upon a fundamental goal: to advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of children caught up in the horrors of war.
War Child International currently consists of two implementing offices: War Child Holland and War Child Canada. Founded in 1999, War Child Canada is an independent charitable organisation working across North America and around the world to assist children affected by war and to raise awareness for children's rights everywhere. We are working to help thousands whose lives have been torn apart by war, and to engage North American youth to take an active role in creating a more just future.
Please visit their website on www.warchild.com