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love to ponci sienna shields


love to ponci my mother moved to alaska when i was an infant. !nding no black dolls in the toy stores, she made me these rag dolls. used nylon stu"ed bodies. afro girl styled yarn hair. fabric skin the color of my name. 2

the transitional object. they were my trinity. one of them, ponci, disappeared after a show in the east village this spring. the photos that follow document some of the fun we#ve had together. mother and dolls. thank you for the love.


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