MY BARBIE SERIES: DEVICE FOR AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY
Formal and pop traditions are addressed in these Barbie drawings by combining seemingly disparate objects and images.
I began using dolls in my artwork as a means of exploring traditional topics of perception by organizing them in still-lifes. After selecting Barbie as the central subject for some of my artwork, I initially explored the impact that twentieth-century technology had on the creation of Barbie. As a child she was my favorite toy, her quality and beauty unrivaled. My memories of play and past perceptions led me to explore her identity as a prize/trophy representation of femininity. Using graphite, ink and watercolor, I created each work with a general feeling or idea in mind, and by posing a doll as one might pose a live model. I did not predetermine content of the drawings. By responding to the materials and image, I discovered and developed the narrative in form and content for each work. By utilizing Barbie as a surrogate and stereotype, I deconstructed her unobtainable status by juxtaposing her against multiple-image narratives that portray domesticity and mortality in content. The images were taken from popular movie stills, and addressed political and gender issues while simultaneously serving as personal testimony.
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