it’s a doll’s world

I came across this really humorous in an incredibly sicko kind of way use of dolls in art by the artist Mariel Clayton, specifically Barbie and her entourage, here. (text from designboom follows)

…committed to chronicling the more sinister side of barbie’s picturesque life, self-taught photographer mariel clayton’s body of work is a collection of images depicting the doll as an aggressor of a number of gory scenarios. … complemented with tongue-in-cheek titles, the outlandishly gruesome images often include ken, barbie’s on-and-off-again boyfriend, in the unfortunate position of victim: decapitated with a box of chocolate in hand, hung upside down and drained of his blood, scrubbing the floor with a sponge while naked on a leash, and many other unlucky roles. … largely set in a domestic scene, the images are a visual hodge-podge of miniature props, which the photographer came across while traveling in tokyo. a surprisingly wide range of emotions and narratives are achieved through subtle gestures of the dolls, resulting in a strangely comical reading of the photographs.

Without thinking I whipped off a facebook message and link to a couple of friends of mine, followed by another which let them know that while I did find these images interesting/amusing there was no hidden message and I do not harbor any secret desires, truly, to shop off my husband’s head.

Via a few clicks on the same website I rediscovered the work of Barnaby Barford who uses porcelain figurines and other antique artifacts to create his art. Turns out he made a film which is quite magical, here. This is part of his description of it:

The film tells a tragic story played by porcelain figurines residing in a bric-a-brac shop. It explores notions of forbidden love, material wealth and class divisions using traditions of value within ceramics, while also turning the classic ‘rags to riches’ plot on its head with an unexpected twist. “The shelves in the film become the entire world for the characters,” Barford explains, “they represent different strands of society not necessarily through breeding but through material wealth with the top shelves adorned with lavish crystal, silver and gold objects while the floor is only occupied by broken discarded items.”


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