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Barbie and her reflection:

To achieve the photo studies for these paintings, I submerged a Barbie doll(s) and myself in my backyard pool and then aimed my camera upwards towards the doll and the under-side of the pool's surface. What you are seeing is both the doll and its underwater reflection, which allows a mix of both representational and more abstract worlds to exist simultaneously on the canvas. The idea is to pit what is “real” vs. what is "fake" on several levels. The paint, the reflections, and the Barbie doll herself, all present a reality that is simultaneously distorted and representational. Hopefully, this composition of refraction and distorted reflection mirrors the way Barbie presents a distorted message to girls and women. Like the images in the painting, she is a faulty mirror, one that can grotesquely and unrecognizably distort the true feminine.

Pervasive societal ideal, indoctrinating tool, or "just a doll," Barbie, this 53 (and counting) year old icon, presents a view of women that is as relentlessly intriguing as it is unattainable.


Solo Show

Koplin Del Rio Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
2011


Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
60" X 60"
2009
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
66" X 66"
2008
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
42" X 42"
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Mixed media on canvas
48" X 48"
2010
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
48" X 60"
2009
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
60" X 72"
2008
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
42" X 42"
2007
"Fractured"
Oil on canvas
36" X 12"
2010
"Stage Five: Mourning"
Oil on canvas
36" X 48"
2008
"She Said No"
Oil on canvas
42" X 48"
2010
"Stage Two: Denial"
Oil and acrylic on canvas
48 X 60"
2007
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
36" X 12"
2011
"Mikvah"
Oil on canvas
60" X 48"
2009
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
48" X 60"
2009
Oil painting of Barbie Doll and her reflection from Daena Title's "Drown the Dolls" series
Oil on canvas
42" X 42"
2010
"DADT"
Oil on canvas
30" X 36"
"Gulliver Girl"
Watercolor pencils, acrylic and oil paint on canvas
54" X 72"
2010
"Black Arm"
Oil on canvas
42" X 42"
2009
"Faith, Hope, Charity...Silicone"
Oil on canvas
60" X 48"
2008