Through handcrafted, poseable sculptures created with a passion for material investigation, Emilie Steele aims to challenge our conception of the term beauty and the frightening. Existing in borderlands, these abject figures depict the longing to be human, and to unapologetically express universal yet socially unaccepted traits. Displaying constructed dolls can remind us that we, ourselves, are artificial and constructed. Casting identical dolls from the same mold also makes contradicting attributes possible within the same character. Steele works mostly with the female figure. The image of femininity often seems simplified, so rather than contributing to a one-sided stereotype she aims to portray versatile, multilayered women who resist definition.