Flynn Bickley
Although I was born female, from a young age I aspired to be male. I wanted to see myself reflected in the dolls I played with. For example, I would chop Barbie’s hair short and let her borrow Ken’s manly clothes. This small rebellion affirmed who I was and who I would become. As a queer, female to male transsexual (FtM) dolls continue to be a source for self-discovery and a way to empathize with others. I make dolls that are like old friends from all walks of life. Unlike a Barbie or equivalent, my characters are not hyper-idealized. Instead, they illustrate human conditions. Each is a focused depiction of human folly, gender identity, fantasy or emotion, containing a story I may not know but want to understand.