Steel Cool Barbie: Paintings Portraying the Fabulous Life of America's Favorite Doll
Ever since her introduction to the American public, Barbie has been an artistic inspiration. While some work subverts the fabulous Barbie lifestyle (check out my earlier post on Mariel Clayton's twistedly tragic Barbie photo series), others choose to embrace the aspirational allure the doll has portrayed to our society.
Painter Karen Ann Jones has taken this route and used Barbie as her post-modern muse. Jones chose to paint on steel (instead of canvas) thus giving her Barbie art a vibrant look, cool to the touch. Interesting to read that Jones wanted her original muse to be the drag queen.