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"DROWN the DOLLS"
DROWN the DOLLS~
Paintings
Barbie and her reflection:

For these images, 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



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