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CALL TO POETS

 

Barbie is on Campaign (with or without Ken)
 
Four more years! Are we on the cusp of a groundbreaking moment – wherein a woman, perhaps an Altered Barbie, will make it into the highest office in this country? In all countries around the globe? Altered Barbie has a message and a platform and she's ready to combat, contradict, and co-mingle with the likes of Mitt and Barack, Hillary and Sarah, with or without, Ken!
 

Submit 1-3 poems on the theme to alteredbarbie@gmail.com.

Please include the following directly in the body of your email submission: (no attachments please)

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.

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.

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.

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

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