'Homespun Mythologies with textiles and mixed media'
Pantovola is a textile artist, dollmaker and painter, at present she is based in The Netherlands.
With antique fabrics, clay, paint and old trinkets from her collection, she creates art dolls, figurines and sculptures.
Her creations seem to come from an ancient, ethereal Fairytale world, with a childlike mystery surrounding it.
Theatres within dresses and secret dioramas inside dolls, offer us a glimpse into a mysterious universe.
Fantastical Tales rooted in a personal mythology are woven into all that Pantovola creates.
Ever since I can remember I have loved dolls and miniatures, dollhouses and theatres.
Through my art I bring these elements together, to create worlds within worlds, for myself to dream away into, and hopefully for you to feel enchanted by too.
Often my dolls and sculptures hold small secrets within; a diorama may be hidden in their chest,
or a miniature theatre appears from behind the drapes of an elaborate dress.
They tell fantastical tales from other realms and mysterious places, breathe a melancholy breath, their souls full of nostalgia, to bygone days, to an autumn past, a memory in dusk...
Through my Memento Mori pieces I explore themes around Death and the Eternal Spirit,
and with my small fabric Petit figurines I like to revisit the more naïve magic of childhood ...
Many moons ago I got my degree in Fine Arts from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands.
My background is in painting, illustration, stop motion puppet-animation-film and Theater.
My Art Dolls, Textile Art and mixed media Sculptures are held in private collections and exhibits worldwide.
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Small handmade fabric figurines are made under the name Pantovola Petit
These are released in small collections every so often, and have their own dedicated page where you can follow and adopt them.
On some occasions I create commissioned pieces to commemorate a special life event or Memorial pieces.
Feel free to contact me if you have interest in this via the contact form