Spooky Stuff: Catherine Heard Frozen Charlotte

Catherine Heard,  Frozen Charlotte multiple, 2014

Frozen Charlottes are a kind of porcelain doll that was popular between the 1850s to the 1920s. They were inexpensive to manufacture because they had no moving arms or legs so were easily moulded. The name comes from an old folk song about a girl named Charlotte who wouldn’t bundle up before going outside one wintry day and died of exposure.

Frozen Charlottes are kinda creepy.

Toronto artist Catherine Heard has created a series of earthenware Frozen Charlottes wrapped in poems by four local poets poets. These dolls are being distributed through the Vending Machine of Fate at Artscape Youngspace on Shaw Street for $2!

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