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.

Eye Of the Turtle

Red Shoe

Tay Tay

He Said Yes

Butch Barbi's

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Buttercream Ballet Cake, Stacie V

DUI Kenn

Barbie photograph thrift store photograph dark whimsy

As Is #180

Pinebie 3

Trophy Wife Barbi

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

As Is #168

Dead in a Shoe

Hillbilly Barbi

Saint Lucy

Diamond Party Decorations, Stace IV

Demoralized Hooters Waitress Barbi

Saint Barbara

Tomboy Hair and Primary Colors

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

Bondage Barbi's playset

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

A Layer Cake with Bangs, Janet II

Barbie As Is dream of Barbie Dana Davis Photograph

As Is #197

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Cobalt Lemon Meringue, Janet I

Queen Velvet, Skipper I


Hellraiser Pinhead Barbie


A Girl's Best Friend

Portrait of Barbie's Secret Family (or, 4th gen B)

Down In The Valley of HeartBreak

Pregnant Cheerleader Barbi

Barbie's Bad Dream

marie de sade

Marie De Sade

She Was the Organ Grinders Daughter

Pegasus, Barbie, flight out of greed, enlightened, Daniela Haskara

Pegasus Rescue of "The Angel of Good Intent"

The Best Balloon Floated Away, Stacie II

Mea culpa barbie

Mea Culpa Barbie