Altered Barbie Exhibition

AlteredBarbie 2013 is in its 11th year and is taking place in the mission at Shotwell 50 Inc., 50 Shotwell Street, San Francisco.

Barbie and Ken icons who represent modernity fitting for plastic dolls have everything a person could desire. They have multiple careers, vacations, the man, the woman, the divorce, the family, the cars, the houses, all that stuff, all those outfits, all those shoes! and the time and money to buy it all. It is a corporate forced lifestyle based on having things and accomplishments. This is grotesque in all its perfect superficiality and yet Barbie (& Ken) are beautiful and ideals we all secretly try to emulate. These icons are so powerful they strike a chord with almost every little girl, boy, woman and man in the world regardless of economic status or color.

Queen Velvet, Skipper I

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

A Layer Cake with Bangs, Janet II

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II

Saint Barbara

Tribal Diva Doll, Nalia is adorned and embellished with hair coiled and coifed, a jingly silver headdress and tribal coin necklace.  Her ethnic choli blouse is almost backless, she has a fringy beaded belly dance belt and flashy deep gold dance pants,  Her face bears tribal markings and she wears wrist gauntlets.

Diva Dolls

Ho Ho Ho's and Pimpin Fun Kenn

A Girl's Best Friend

Eye Of the Turtle



He Said Yes

Bondage Barbi's playset

Red Shoe

Tomboy Hair and Primary Colors

Belle Naturelle BW by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle

Down In The Valley of HeartBreak

If Those Legs Could Talk

Butch Barbi's

Pinebie 5

marie de sade

Marie De Sade

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Cobalt Lemon Meringue, Janet I

As Is Barbie dark whimsy Dana Davis Photograph

As Is #198

"Azra" is a "Persian Heroine" and is adorned in lovely headress with jewels and shell pieces, with hair coiled and coifed in American Tribal Style. Colors are soft pink, moss green, seaside teal and shells. She wears a choli top, tribal dance pants, a tassel belt and has a sheer flower wrap as a coverup.  She is stunning indeed.

Diva Dolls "Azra"

Incarcerated Barbi

Diamond Party Decorations, Stace IV

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Buttercream Ballet Cake, Stacie V

As Is Found dolls photograhed in the thrift store bags they come in.

As Is #168

DUI Kenn

Dead in a Shoe

Don't Ask Don't tell Kenn

Two girls the way you imagined them

As Is #177

Barbie holds hands photograph AS Is Dana Davis photograph

As Is #183

All-Barbie Centaur Dance Ensemble--Eiffelle

Saint Lucy

Barbiefly (close-up)

Hung Over Black-out Barbi