Dito Von Tease's iDollz are celebrities as dolls – but are no less real than who they depict

The Italian artist has created doll-based artworks of the Queen, Freddie Mercury, the Dalai Lama, Einstein, Elvis and more.


Italian digital artist Dito Von Teese isn't the first to point out that celebrities don't really exist – but he's the first to do so through the medium of digital paintings of dolls that look like figures in the public eye.

iDollz is based around what famously obtuse philosopher Jean Baudrillard calls simulcra – a copy without an original. Dito sees his dolls as simulcra, as they are representation of the consensus view of what a celebrity is like as a person – which is a construct, not an actual real person. But putting their personas on dolls, he's trying to draw attention to how false, how manufactured these constructs are.

Image: Freddie Mercury. All images are © ditovontease.com

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