Dolls and the Complex Emotional Territory of Being *Almost* Alive

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Wait 'til they find out they're not even real.

Doll enthusiasts have created a unique industry for themselves, often taking vinyl doll "skeletons" and "reborning" them to look like living, breathing babies. It's a startling and surreal thing to behold, but the painstaking level of detail is admirable. French artist Laurence Ruet -- whose work we first spotted on Design You Trust -- also makes "living dolls," but her creations are perhaps more unique.

All of her dolls are one of a kind works, made without a mold, and sculpted from polymer clay. She also crafts the clothes, shoes, and "pets" that go along with them. Ruet puts a lot of thought into portraying the emotions of the dolls, and each tiny figure's chubby cheeks, freckles, and missing teeth express their personalities in a beautiful, but uncanny way.

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Images via Laurence Ruet

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