Belinda Lyons Zucker is a remarkable artist who created over 400 dolls and figures for galleries and by commission since 1998. An accomplished ceramic artist and painter, Belinda transforms her love of fabric and clay into characters of anthropomorphic quality.
“I want to stretch the definition of dolls as playthings to objects of art that serves as mediators. Each character can represent a time or a feeling of a real-life person. I want them to speak to you and make you smile. In 1998 I learned to make wrapped figures from Miss Elizabeth, a South Carolinian Gullah, who learned from her grandmother, a slave. The art of wrapping meaniful and sacred objects as an offerings (nkisi) can be traced to the people of Sierra Leone and the Congo. This technique passed from generation to generation and survived the "crossing" to the Americas. My current work is about my fascination with ritual and mythology. I have created small "poupes" with masks. The masks are made of bisque-fired stonewear or polymer clay. My current work is about my fascination with ritual and mythology. I have created small "poupes" with masks. The masks are made of bisque-fired stonewear or polymer clay.
Her work has been shown in solo and juried exhibitions, most notably, “the grandMOTHERS” a solo exhibit at Northhampton Center for the Art, Northampton Massachusetts. Belinda’s work has also been seen in several publications of Art Doll Quarterly and Preview.