I've decided to go with a more modern artwork for this second blog. I love going to galleries and museums, but sadly I don't get the chance to much lately. That's why it was so cool to discover this artist and her work in an article in the Oct./Nov.'07 issue of Bust magazine
Her work embraces and is inspired by humor, femininity, science, and aeronautics. Many of her other pieces capture motion, a transformation of explosion. They include Bride Fight
, in which "two exploding wedding dresses appear suspended in a Matrix-style standoff," and G-Force
, an exhibit of flying thongs. She's also had a series of exploding couture and dissected wetsuits and was even commissioned by NASA to create a sculpture using a Mars rover tire.
I've selected the Mummified Barbies
series because I had one of the strongest reactions to them when I first saw the picture. They were disturbing but there was also a sense of humor there. E.V. Day says about them: " One of the main reasons for working with Barbie is about referencing popular culture. Using such an icon can be very cliche and campy. A one-liner. That's why I didn't think that the piece would ever go very far. However, as simplistic as this image might seem, I think it's also very complex, in that it's so telling about our culture. We've always represented ourselves in these exaggerated forms, like the Venus of Willendorf
. Our development as a species is at a stage where we can endlessly alter our bodies. A hundred years ago the idea of the cyborg would have been unthinkable. Barbie is also very complex because she functions as a mirror that can be debilitating to women."
Seeing these images made me think of repression and freedom, both societal and personal. It reminds me of Egyptian mummies, Chinese footbinding, Islamic burqa's, American plastic surgeries, as well as the ideas we develop ourselves, as we are growing up, about how we should look and feel about our bodies.
How did you respond? Do they make you uncomfortable or just seem silly?