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Nancy Wiley artist, with figurative sculptures

Nancy Wiley has been working as an artist for twenty years. After graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design, Nancy went to New York to become an illustrator. Nancy attributes her absorption with the world of dolls to doll artist, William Wiley, her brother. Nancy apprenticed with Bill, now deceased, to learn the intricacies of her art. She credits him with guiding her to look within herself for inspiration and to believe in the doll form as a valid fine art medium of artistic expression.

Nancy's work has been shown internationally in galleries and museums and covered by many publications, including the New York Times, In Style and even the Harvard Law Record. her work appeared on the cover of George magazine in 1996 when Demi Moore and John Kennedy Jr. hired her to costume Ms. Moore as one of Nancy's dolls. The same year Reverie Press published A Dollmaker's Art: The Creations of Nancy Wiley, written by Louise Fecher. In 2004, a retrospective of Nancy's work was shown at the Muscatine Art Center in Iowa.

In 2008, Nancy decided that the time was right to make dolls in a different context. Nancy decided to return to her aspirations of illustrating a children's book, but to incorporate the dolls as the illustrations. Given a book of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" as a child, Wiley decided that would be the perfect story for her to depict. The story deals with themes of transformation and dream imagery, themes the artist has visited many times through out her doll making career.

The new book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" combines the artist's love of dolls and storytelling to create a unique illustrated version of Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

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