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Altered Barbie Newbie

Oddly, even though I have always been drawn the the altered Barbie scene since I first became aware of it in the '90s, it did not occur to me to use Barbie as a subject in my artwork until recently. Sometime last winter, I was thumbing through some old National Geographics and stumbled upon some hilariously dated advertisements. The photos were theatrically posed with the intent of depicting an adventurous, fun-loving yet privileged lifestyles. I knew immediately that I had to recreate these ads and photos on canvas, and who better but Barbie and friends could give the paintings that absurd edge for which I was searching.

Plastography as it pertains to Barbie!

First Blog ever... Looking fwd to extracting Barbie from our Plastography exhibit and relocating her to San Francisco to mingle! http://www.plastography.com 

So Excited - It's that time again for the Altered Barbie Show

Thank you to Julie for many years running now of this fantastic and important show. I plan to participate again this year, after a several year hiatus. Can't wait!

The Barbie Revolution

The iconic American Barbie doll has gone through several transformations since her release in March 1959 by American businesswoman Ruth Handler, from beauty divas to the current trendy line for children called I Can Be..Barbie.

La Sirena Yemaya, Diosa del Mar

My tribute to Yemaya began as a Malibu Barbie.  Her dreadlocks are fashioned of hand-spun, kettle-dyed merino wool, and her outfit was reconstructed from seven different classic Barbie gowns which were then pieced together and sewn by hand into a single garment.  Around her neck is a strand of plastic shells (strangely enough, an actual Barbie accessory).  Her altar is assembled from an old wooden clock case salvaged from a junkyard and embellished with a rusted chain that symbolizes both the captivity of the Middle Passage and the resilience of its survivors.

Sean Manzano reading at the 2010 AlteredBarbie Poetry night.

This is Sean Manzano leading the poetry reading at the 2010 AlteredBarbie Show. We are all looking forward to the 2011 AlteredBarbie Poetry Reading with you Sean! Thank you!

Cecilia.W.Yu does Protest Barbie@ Altered Barbie

 

I was delighted to support the Altered Barbie, when her curator Julie Andersen approached me with the idea. I had seen it years ago and thought the images were very interesting and liberating.

So it is with great pleasure that I put in the following work:

Kickstarter FUN-RAISER Launched!!!

A wonderful Kickstarter Fun-Raiser is now available so anyone can support AlteredBarbie 2011. Thank you for supporting this local creative re-use show!

Cynthia Tom A Place of her own

Cynthia Tom is bringing a place of her own to AlteredBarbie. If Barbie had a place that was her own what would it look like?

A PLACE OF HER OWN is a multi-phase, multi-venue arts project. The project poses the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” and invites artists and the public to respond in a variety of ways.

Women, through necessity and parental or cultural training, learn to compromise themselves. Women often set aside their own needs to support others to the point of losing them. Rarely have women learned to reclaim a place of their own, metaphorically or physically. What happens when we expand the parameters beyond the concept of a room and discover a place, in which the limitations are bound by the imagination and nothing more?

The conceptual frame work and long term goal of this project is to generate a creative place for women to reconnect with themselves and make their aspirations visible. This is not just a curatorial vision of Cynthia Tom's, but a lifelong passion.

Roaddawgz will be at the Artists Reception

Roaddawgz youth will create a variety of Altered Barbies for sale at the AlteredBarbie Exhibition 2011. 100% of sales of dolls go directly back to the youth! Know that your purchase supports an essential service in our community. It is a way of telling the youth they count and there is healthy support out there. Thank you Machiko for all you do!

The Roaddawgz mission is to empower homeless youth, build community, develop job and life skills through literary and artistic activities while providing vital services, information and referrals.

The Roaddawgz drop-in center is a highly unique, activity-driven, safe and supportive sanctuary for homeless youth who are writers, artists and musicians. We employ a peer-driven, harm reduction, self-help model and provide participants cash payments for their creative works and participation in our mentoring program, workshops, events and internships. The people we serve are between the ages 15 to 24. Our participants encompass all minorities including racial, sexual and gender.

The Roaddawgz Purpose-We are dedicated to help end homelessness, reducing homeless youth incarceration, hospitalization and preventable deaths by providing mental health support and creative and educational alternatives to criminal, dangerous and life threatening behavior.

Barbie the Savior

I've been through a lot of big life changes this year, all of them good for the most part but they have been time and energy sucking on a grand scale. Despite the fact that all these things are for the better they left little time for my creativity. The problem with this is that creativity, especially altering dolls, is who I am, it's what makes me happy and whole and just, well, me.

I was striving to get things settled in life so that I could produce some new and good quality work to submit to Altered Barbie this year. After several months of not working on anything artistic at all it felt great when I sat down with a naked Barbie in my hands, just begging to become something unique and creepy and wonderful, even better was pulling her head off (by the way, if anyone has a use for a big box of Barbie heads then look me up, I can't bring myself to just toss them out). With headless Barbie I could feel ideas swirling and creativity surging. Barbie was able to instantly bring me back to myself and all the creepy, creative, fun that goes with that.

The making of AlteredBarbie 2011

Altered Barbie 2011: The Making of......Organizing and Visual support Aritsts Include:

2011 Show Submission Deadline Extended!

Thank you to everyone who has submitted work for the 2011 show and welcome to our new members.

We have a fantastic array of pieces in our curation queue already.  We have chosen some images to promote the event and are enjoying the warm glow of knowing that we have so much great art to look forward to.

Since the show's in the bag we are extending our submission deadline to make sure all members get a chance to submit work and noone is left out.

New deadline for submissions:
September 25th

Regards

The Altered Barbie Team

My New Altered Barbie Video

I am looking forward to another great Altered Barbie Show! Here is an Altered Barbie video I took at an Open Studio I did earlier this year.

See you in October!

Debbie Fimrite

Deaf Jewish Lesbian Barbies

New Work for 2011!

With so Many Personalities, Who will She be Today?Hello Altered Barbie Fans!

I am very excited for Altered Barbie 2011 exhibition, What Would Barbie Do? And Ken Too?! What a great theme. Over the past few weeks, I have been working like a mad man to create new images for the show. Here's is a sneak peek at my newest image:

With So Many Personalties, Who Will She Be Today, 2011

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