Mary Shelley made by @pantovola.art for the Women's Day project: #beboldmakedolls •
"I chose to create a Mary Shelley doll not only because I have been fascinated by her life story and the fact that she was only 19 when she wrote one of the most famous novels ever..
I also felt it was interesting because of the circumstances she wrote this work of genius in..
It was during the year without summer, which some of you may be familiar with.
In fact, it was not just one year without summer, but three years of global climate chaos..
It was in 1815 that a massive vulcano had erupted in Indonesia,
which spat out so much stuff into the atmosphere that it caused the weather to abruptly change..
the sun could hardly get through the ashes stuck in the atmosphere and people all over the world experienced years of extremely cold weather, darkness, snow in 'summer', failing crops, hunger and so on.
And Europe had only just battled through Napoleon times...
In 1816, when Mary Shelley and some of her friends (among them Byron and Percy) took off to the Swiss lakes to enjoy a holidays, they were forced to stay indoors due to the extremely bad weather.
They then decided to write ghost stories instead, and voila, Frankenstein's monster was born...
In some ways, the grim circumstances were partly responsible for this amazing story to be written... To sum up...I believe that every generation lives through their own upheaval and doom and gloom of their own time.
But art has always prevailed, has always been made, will be remembered and still be made tomorrow to be remembered by generations to come! No matter the circumstances we may be in , the fears and doubts our generation faces... art is always a winner."