The Barbie Project-Accepted to the Brush Gallery for Exhibit!

Hooray!  I will be showing my Barbie Project at the Little Black Dress exhibit!

August 5, 2017                                   Show opens/First day of exhibit

Saturday, August  26, 2017           Public reception for artists

September  16, 2017                       Show closes/Last day of exhibit

I photographed these Barbie dolls a few years ago, when I picked up a whole bag full of them from Freecycle for my granddaughter. Since they’d been in someone’s basement for years, I decided to give the girls a good bath. They looked so hilarious sitting all together on the sink drying that I started to photograph them.  Then I washed their clothes as well and dressed them with all their clean duds, so of course, I found myself giving them all new hair dos!  This too was hilarious because I was a 65 year old woman who never played with dolls and never had a Barbie.  But I knew right then that I would eventually put them to good use in some textile art.

Before a backdrop of Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinham quotes, these Barbies remind us of the social pressures and norms, even today, that can exert psychological stress and harm as women struggle with our feminine identities in a misogynist culture.

“We are our bodies, and our bodies are not wrong, they are not ugly, they are not dirty, they are not too fat or too hairy or too tall or too masculine. Our consciousness doesn’t hover somewhere a foot above our heads; it’s embedded in every cell. We can’t damage our bodies without damaging ourselves; we can’t love ourselves and other women if we don’t love our own women’s bodies. And we can’t be honest in our feminism if we pretend that making choices to harm our bodies and conform to the dictates of a system that hates us is liberating and empowering.

http://feminist-reprise.org/library/appearance-and-beauty-practices/feminism-and-the-politics-of-appearance/      Amy Winter

“It is not possible to preserve one’s identity by adjusting for any length of time to a frame of reference that is in itself destructive to it. It is very hard indeed for a human being to sustain such an ‘inner’ split – conforming outwardly to one reality, while trying to maintain inwardly the value it denies.”
― 
Betty FriedanThe Feminine Mystique

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The Barbie Project

Artists Book Collaboration Update

HeaderHere are some of my pages sent to the other member s of our ABC.  I still have  more to make.  These are each 10 x 10 inch pieces, actually meant to be alternately in a book or hung on a wall.  Some did a theme for all their pages but, as you can see,  I was somewhat scatterd in my approach, unified only in that each piece was, to some extent, it was a WIP, known to quilters as a Work In Progress.

For Martha’s, Gently On The Rocks, I took something I had begun and not finished – a photograph of rocks that I overpainted.  I then stitched them with free motion stitching.  Since thiose were beach rocks, I added beach scenes with more rocks.

Gently On the Rocks
Gently On The Rocks for Martha Ginn

In Town was another already started and set aside.  Then I got to printing a sheet of stamp sized abstract shapes that I had carved and then painted and I suddenly thought of adding them to this piece.

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In Town for Carol Jones Frank

For Gabrielle I had already made a piece that began at a regional SAQA meeting using some circular thermafaxes that I think were Sue Bliewiess’ and some of my own images. But then I added a painted black edge to it with gold edging which doesn’t show up here.

Walking Around In Circles. for Gabriele
Walking Around In Circles for Gabrielle Di Tota

For Nanette Zeller’s I started with some gelatin prints I ‘ve been wondering what to do with.  I collaged more of my own images along with a snazzy piece on the bottom right which I received quite a few years ago in another artist swap and I don’t even remember who did it (the piece with beads on it.)

Equinox for Nanette.
Equinox for Nanette Zeller

The most recent also began as a deconstructed screen print I’ve been eyeing for months.  After staring at it for quite awhile now, I suddenly decided to free motion stitch the whole thing and I ended up loving it, and, BTW,  so does she. It is , however, the worst photoi I think I ever took! Sorry!For Leni copyNext time I’ll show you the rest!

Meanwhile let’s go see what Nina Marie is doing today!

 

Submitted for The Little Black Dress

 

The Call For Art is from The Brush Gallery in Lowell, one of my favorite local galleries. The exhibit is called “The Little Black Dress.”  Here’s anothe glimpse of my piece called The Barbie Project, AKA The Political Black Dress.

I photographed these Barbie dolls a few years ago, when I picked up a whole bag full of them from Freecycle for my granddaughter. Since they’d been in someone’s basement for years, I decided to give the girls a good bath. They looked so hilarious sitting all together on the sink drying that I started to photograph them.  Then I washed their clothes as well and dressed them with all their clean duds, so of course, I found myself giving them all new hair dos!  This too was hilarious because I was a 65 year old woman who never played with dolls and never had a Barbie.  But I knew right then that I would eventually put them to good use in some textile art.

The first thing I did was make a little black dress for our star.

The dress

Before a backdrop of Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinham quotes, these Barbies remind us of the social pressures and norms, even today, that can exert psychological stress and harm as women struggle with our feminine identities in a misogynist culture.

“We are our bodies, and our bodies are not wrong, they are not ugly, they are not dirty, they are not too fat or too hairy or too tall or too masculine. Our consciousness doesn’t hover somewhere a foot above our heads; it’s embedded in every cell. We can’t damage our bodies without damaging ourselves; we can’t love ourselves and other women if we don’t love our own women’s bodies. And we can’t be honest in our feminism if we pretend that making choices to harm our bodies and conform to the dictates of a system that hates us is liberating and empowering.

http://feminist-reprise.org/library/appearance-and-beauty-practices/feminism-and-the-politics-of-appearance/      Amy Winter

 “It is not possible to preserve one’s identity by adjusting for any length of time to a frame of reference that is in itself destructive to it. It is very hard indeed for a human being to sustain such an ‘inner’ split – conforming outwardly to one reality, while trying to maintain inwardly the value it denies.”
― Betty FriedanThe Feminine Mystique