Archive for July, 2009


Friday, July 31st, 2009

I’ve spent the day trying to solve display issues for tomorrows installation of Barbie Redux. This was much harder than I anticipated. There is a lot of work in so many varying styles, that a cohesive presentation is quite a challenge. Some people actually used hot glue for some of the work which is about as weak a glue there is, especially for a window display during southern California heat. I recommend never using hot glue for fine art. Its really best reserved for temporary craft projects for holidays or the like, but for permanency it has got to be the worse adhesive. Something like E6000 which will eventually deteriorate in say ten years, but is reasonably stable depending on what it is used on would be a much stronger alternative for object to object. Apoxy sculpt or Magic sculpt works great for heavier things. ANd ultimately for attachment purposes no glue at all is best for longevity and permanency. That means nails, or locked in type construction like “legos” or “lincoln logs.” At any rate, I have what I have and I aM going to do the best I can.

I convinced my hub to come with me to help with the heavy lifting, I’m weak with that and also with solving technical kind of problems, so BAD at math and calculations, I am a RIGHT brained individual, in truth right brain invaded left brain long ago so right brain is almost all my brain. Can’t do math and do not understand why north isn’t right in front and above me always. Hey, we all have our weaknesses.

Barbie Redux is going to be fun, its a unique kind of exhibition in many ways, solving the commercial aspects of Barbie with artistic expression, taking Barbie to an art form, an interesting task.

off topic

ironically, the tv in our living room where I was setting up the display for problem solving, had a show about a bachelor who likes overweight women. I have to say it bothered me that so many of the women seemed desperate. They were all pretty, and what about personality, and heart and values, still they clearly do not accept themselves the way they are and feel like any attention is a big favor. I found that sad and hard to watch. Maybe some were too young to understand about dignity. I really can’t stand any of those dumb bacherlor and bachelorette shows, So stupid that bachelorette sucking face with every single guy, kinda gross if you ask me and still kinda gross if ya don’t.


Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Today is your blank canvas, make it a masterpiece!

Found on the web

Thursday, July 30th, 2009




Thursday, July 30th, 2009


I love them

Its a work day. I’d try to play hooky if it weren’t that there are several last minute Barbies to pick up. I would leave them there at the gallery if we had room and I didn’t have to photo document them but at this late stage in the game, must go to work. I don’t mind going to work but I still have much to do before installation and I keep thinking about all the Barbies I didn’t finish or the ideas I had that didn’t get manifested and yet I worked fair steady for the past six months. I fully anticipate that anti-climatic flood of feelings after all is said and done and the floundering feelings of accomplishment and whats the point. Still the knowing of that sensation, the expectation of its arrival means I will be better equipped to move on, change my direction and get back to exploring those thoughts and ideas that have been boiling on the back burners of my brain and dealing with real life issues that need addressing like yesterday. I’m near finished with Barbie Dream House I mean Day of the Dead House =D It was a lot more work than I had imagined, would have preferred to live with it for at least another week to assess with clear eyes and determine which Barbies are the best fit for the three different rooms.

Voodoo Barbie

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By Mavis Leahy


Mavis altered four Barbies, she says this one is her favorite and I can see why!

Barbie Redux

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

on Specify

Barbie emerging from flower

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009


The Messenger

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Bridgette Guerzon Mills


Bri used encaustic for her altered Barbie submission. See more of her beautiful Encaustic work Bri

Bri writes: “The Messenger was created using plaster and encaustic and oil paints. The waxy surface of encaustics allowed me to create organic texture and add even more texture with scraping and scratching into the surface. Writing was inscribed into her back that reads:

My outstretched hands would trace your scars and transform them into a tree
A living growing tree
Branches of life reaching towards the eclipsed sun
And the branches would turn into limbs of strength and hope

I used real twigs to form part of her skirt. If you look between the branches, you can see the original barbie legs! That is the only part of her that shows her true origins. I enjoyed the process of transforming a plastic doll, normally a symbol of superficiality and fluff, into a creature of substance. An ancient creature that looked like she emerged from the earth.”


Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

My sweet friend Rachel has started making videos to promote her art endeavors:

Barbie Redux

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The altered Barbies are available for sale, please email me if you are interested in purchasing. I won’t mail them however until after Aug 7th.