Barbie, a classic icon of pop culture. A doll that took the world with her blonde locks and the ‘perfect’ body when she came alive in the 1950’s. She has been part of children’s toy boxes since then. In recent years Barbie has been rather controversial regarding the idea of a perfect body shape, the perfect way to look which, to Barbie’s designers is to be skinny, tall, blonde, white and blue eyed and this is the superior look!
Due to this controversy and up roar from women around the world the designers created a range known as the Fashionista’s which is a collection of mixed race dolls, different shapes, heights and hair colour showing that this iconic doll has moved on with the times.
Even though this doll has changed over the years the main characteristics mentioned above are present in every doll.
The reason why I am bringing Barbie into this summer project is to connect the brief with my fascination with pop culture and the empowering it has on societies. The idea is to resignify the iconic look of the doll. Barbie has played many roles throughout her life such as a police officer, fire officer, nurse, dog sitter, mermaid, princess but never a girl that goes on nights out to enjoy and meet people. She is always shown as well behaved and the perfect role model. This will soon be changed.
To re-signify the connotations of this doll, I will use destruction as a major part. I will take a particular Barbie doll, bought from a store, to different locations and break her image up a bit by bit. This will involve:
- Breaking parts of the doll
Once the doll has been resignified and a bricolage between destruction and pop culture has been made she will be placed back into her packaging ready to be sold on.
The new Barbie will be branded under my Instagram persona, Charlie Lovelock. The name will be placed somewhere on the box in gold foiling.
The set up of my working I thought was going to take a lot longer than what it actually did. In total it took about two hours giving myself enough time to help do small jobs around the studios and help peers with the set up of their own work.
Taking a lot less time to set the work up is probably down to planning that had commenced before the show and knowing how it would look.
Initially, I was given a different space than the one I have now. The space I had was slightly too small for all three pieces, however, the space I have now has given that extra bit.
Below is the map with my previous space and my current space.
As the new space is now by the main entrance/exit it allows it to be more visible and seeks more attention and this would have not been the case if it stayed in the original place.
The arrangement as I did state previously did become a random one. It did not follow any of the arrangements that I created in my sketchbook and down to my own personal preferance, this is the stronger one.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with what I have produced in my first year of my degree. I have created a body of work that explores my own and societies obession and idolisation towards the celebrity world. My work has shown the influences that idols have on a person and how it can change them physically and mentally.
BORIS MIKHAILOV- RED
This piece of work I have seen several times before at the Tate Modern however when visiting it this time I was at a point in my own practice where I wanted to start showing a connection in the work.
Red explores diverse scenes and subjects based in Ukraine about political and military parades and also gives snapshots of families and friends showing emotional connections towards one another all of this aside none of the pictures has a significant event connected to them the reoccurring theme within all of the images is the colour RED!! From reading the description I became apparent that the red represented the Soviet. In Russia red is seen as beauty, blood and the flag, however, it is also about communism and quite possibly this is what the work is about.
To have a reoccurring factor in your work is one that will begin to take place in mine. It shows connection and uniformity in any work that is created and could quite possibly be shown by using:
- /Bold & Striking – Outcome 1 – / Chosen Imagery – Outcome 1. – / Bold & Striking – Arrangements.
- // Layering – Outcome 2 – // Layering 2 -Outcome 2
I was looking at the final piece and it didn’t look stable and wasn’t very in the way the prints were mounted.
To make it stronger, I will mount the prints onto poly-board instead of cardboard strengthening the prints and will increase the lifetime of them
As mentioned in Sean’s feedback the projected photographs are a lot stronger than the screen prints. I agree with what has been said however, I will still submit the screen print version as I believe this meets the requirements of the brief as I have been able to bring a technique learnt during field into my outcome and also I have been able to bring my own practice into it.