Giulia Grillo aka Petite Doll is an Italian artist based in the UK. After studying for a Bachelor in Graphic Design at The Academy of Fine Arts in Italy and a Masters of Photography in UAL, she started to combine the idea of surrealism to transform herself into fictional characters, building a bridge between reality and fantasy. She handcrafts her own sets and props with the use of polymer clay, SFX prosthetics, resin, plaster etc. and often collaborates with artists from around the world.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Europe and US and published by many international art magazines.
Under the moniker Petite Doll, the artist uses her own figure as the core element of her creative expression. With a doll-like appearance, she creates a dreamlike dimension that aims to raise questions about the fluid boundaries between reality and fantasy. Her artistic vision is guided by surrealism, freeing photography from its traditional objective role and encouraging subjective interpretations. Her creative process revolves around meticulous attention to detail, using real, tangible objects in the careful construction of her sets. Through specific aesthetics and careful color considerations, she turns familiar situations into extraordinary visual narratives, challenging conventional notions of beauty by blending the desirable with the repulsive. Her artwork invites viewers to explore irrational fears while at the same time being visually attractive, embracing chaos and unconscious desires. Symbolism plays a significant role in her art, with her images filled with metaphors and visual paradoxes – the delicate balance between opposites, such as, rational and irrational, delicacy and brutality, reality and fantasy, forms the cornerstone of her artistic philosophy.
Petite Dolls’ self-portraits have been featured in notable magazines and online sources including Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Pretence Magazine, Shondaland, Creative Boom, Interlocutor Magazine, The Untitled Magazine, Public Offerings Magazine, 365 Art + Magazine, MOCO ROOF, The Untitled Magazine, Aesthetica Magazine, Warriors Within Collective, Visual Atelier 8, Dark Beauty Magazine
Group exhibition: “Serendipity” curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine