Mar 8, 2011

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Seven Deadly Sins: Barbie-Style

I have nothing new (yet) to post for ds106, so in the meantime, I am posting two photos from an Art assignment of mine that’s due tomorrow. We had a list of fifteen items and had to take a picture showing each one of them. If you are interested, all of them are here.

I’m pretty happy about the two below (that use Barbies for the subject/model) and I kind of wish that I had done a complete collection/answer to the scavenger hunt with them (although I don’t know if a plastic Barbie dog would count as an animal). But as I was thinking about doing more Barbie versions of the Seven Deadly Sins, I also thought it would be interesting to see how other people could make their Barbies into art and interpret the sins.

Grab your old Barbies, grab your child’s, buy a new one, or go to GoodWill or something. Take a picture of a scene with 1 or more Barbies demonstrating one of the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Greed, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony, Pride, and Envy. Do all seven or just one. Take a photo and upload it to Flickr and tag it as requested. Explain your process and how you got to the final scene if you choose to do so.

Some examples…

When I was looking for inspiration, I checked Wikipedia, which says something along the lines of that suicide is the ultimate form of wrath, “a rejection of God’s gifts.” I bought this Barbie from Wal-Mart for $5.00 since I didn’t want to ruin one of my old ones full of sweet childhood memories and yadiyadiyada. I added dish detergent and popped a thin plastic glove to make the bubbles. To color the water and draw the mark on the arm, I used red acrylic paint (mixed with a little black). To make the mirror, I used a piece of plastic with aluminum foil around it and wrote on it using the tip of a pen with the mixed red and black ink. Unfortunately, when I put the blood red in the water, it turned a light pink, but I kind of liked it. It makes some sense too. Don’t you know that Barbie bleeds pink?

When I was younger, I loved mermaids, so it’s no surprise that I have two of them. The gold one is from the mid-1990’s while the blue one is late 1990’s/early 2000 or 2001. I always liked it how the gold one allows you to remove her fishtail and allows you to let her sit or stand, while the other one, although prettier with nicer hair and it lights up, only allows her to keep the same position. (Not to mention she has an ugly battery door on her butt). I thought it would be amusing to try to take a picture where one Barbie is envious (blue one is “crying”) of the other since she can remove her tail and reveal a skin-tight skirt, wear heels, and stand.

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