Interview: artist Donna L. Marian talks about her horror dolls

Interview: artist Donna L. Marian talks about her horror dolls

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Donna MarianAn interesting interview with the artist Donna L. Marian. She talks about her art and her macabre creations.

L: Can you give me some more information about you?

D: I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with my husband and 2 dogs. I have a pretty quiet life.

L: How do you work? Would you prefer working the day or night? Where? And What’s your background?

D: At my dining room table with my dogs laying at my feet. I generally do all of my artistic work in the morning and everything else in the evening. I have an arts background.

L: What art do you most identify with? And what themes do you pursue?

D: Gothic. Human suffering and religious themes.

L: What’s your scariest experience?

D: The cold fingers of a ghost stroking my right cheek.

L: Can you explain what happened?

D: I was staying with my father when I was 18yrs old in Covington, Virginia. While I was asleep, I was awakened by cold fingers stroking my cheek. I turned to see who was doing it, but nobody was there.

L: Who are your favourite artists?

D: Giger, Chris Mars & Scott Radke.

L: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you.

D: Near death experience during head on car crash.

L: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

D: Musician, Antique Dealer and Engineer.

L: Why art?

D: I need to always bring my nightmares to life.

L: Why did you chose dolls, puppets and dummies? Describe your dark creations.

D: I love working 3 dimension. It gives a more realistic twist.

L: Your dark dolls are divided into: Gothic Dead, Vampyres, Ghost Girls, Victorian Mummies, Sideshow Freaks. But you’re also a painter and a taxidermist. Why did you become a Taxidermist?

D: I do paint, but I am not a Taxidermist. I re-think and recycle antique taxidermy pieces.

L: What memorable responses have you had to your work?

D: Numerous. I am always humbled by people’s remarks.

L: You said you re-think and recycle antique taxidermy pieces… do you do the same with dolls?

D: Yes. I use a lot of antique dolls and parts.

L: What is the first thing you do during the process of transformation of a doll?

D: Create it in my mind.

L: What food, drink, song, movie inspires you?

D: food-chocolate
drink-coffee
song-love old to new
movie-Stigmata, Exorcist, Dead zone, etc.

L: What do you dislike about your work?

D: Nothing.

L: What do you like about your work?

D: Everything.

L: What is your dream project?

D: To work with S. King & M. Night Shyamalan.

L: What are your favourite books (for King) or movies of these directors?

D: I love everything King has written, but my favorite is Dead Zone and Carrie. Shyamalan’s 6th Sense is brilliant.

L: Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

D: I hope to be completely original and not be compared to others.

L: What is your last artwork and what is your favourite artwork?

D: I work on 5-6 pieces at a time. I don’t really favor one piece over another.

L: What’s your favourite horror movie?

D: The Exorcist.

L: Do you like horror dolls movies? Have you ever been contacted for a movie?

D: Yes.

L: You said you have been contacted for a movie… which one? Did you accept? I hope to see your dolls in a horror dolls movie!

D: I did accept for several. One was in France, not sure about the name. Another was a made for TV movie (again, not sure of the name).

L: What do you think about this interview? Do you want to say anything to the DarkVeins Community?

D: A shout out to the DarkVeins peeps and thanks for all of the support given to me around the world.
Thank you obscure Lady of Sorrow for the thoughtful interview.

L: Thank you Donna!

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