Vivian Le  |  b. 1992, Chicago, IL

My current body of work explores issues of exploitation and objectification of children through their portrayal as doll-like characters. I am fascinated by the romantic symbolism of the child as a personification of innocence and how it informs the representation of children as a whole within history and contemporary media. These characters collectively inhabit a fantastical utopia that I continuously develop through the narratives of my drawings and paintings.  My work uses the doll as visual metaphor in order to raise questions about agency, desire, identity, and sexuality-- some of the essentials of being human.