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Robert Craner

Toothsome Ladies, #1, #2, #3 | 17″ | Mixed media; polymer clay, silk, angora goat hair, oil paints, crystal eyes | 2021

Artist Statement

Robert Craner Finds His Joy.
Robert Craner creates one of a kind dolls using polymer clay, fabric made with natural fibers, wire armatures, goat hair, oil paints, and hand painted or hand blown crystal eyes. Painting and printmaking are areas in which Robert was trained, however, figurative sculpture is where he finds his joy. As a young child his father would reward him for good behavior at the doctor or dentist by taking him shopping, usually for a doll. As a child, he added to his collection by making dolls; dolls made from paper, clothespins, detergent bottles, and paper mache. Almost every child in the neighborhood would join in, boys and girls alike. The acceptance of an activity that in the 60s was deemed to be inappropriate for boys by most people fills Robert with warm memories, brings him joy, and fuels his desire to create dolls to this day.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Anton Art Center

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Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.