Artist Bio

After studying photography at the Parsons School of Design, Joshua David McKenney began a career in fashion illustration, working for such clients as Elizabeth Arden, Mariah Carey, Mac Cosmetics, Scholastic, Nylon Magazine, Dolce & Gabbana, and La Perla. In 2010 he began teaching himself the basics of sculpting and doll making. McKenney fired his first porcelain Pidgin Doll in 2012, using a kiln in the basement of his Brooklyn apartment building. Pidgin has since evolved into a fully-articulated, resin-cast fashion doll with an international audience of collectors and fans. She has become a full time job for McKenney, who paints, wigs, dresses, and photographs each doll.

I’m very committed to the idea of dolls as art. Most people think of dolls only as toys. But a doll can be so much more—an elevated object full of meaning, power, and beauty.