It was my first time at the Altered Barbie event and let me tell you, it was a fabulous experience. I went to the Artists’ Reception for the event on September 16 and was pleasantly greeted by an ebullient, purple and yellow-haired fairy Barbie look-alike named Sabine. She was my childhood Butterfly Barbie in the flesh, minus the champagne glass, ^_^. Sabine, along with Altered Barbie co-organizers Julie and Donna, were all wearing glamorous Barbie costumes and giddily greeting guests. Their inviting personalities weren’t the only treat at the event; the altered dolls, photos, and paintings of Barbie blew me away! Barbie as a spider, Barbie as a rocker, Barbie as a sex icon! All of these depictions of Barbie deviated from her stereotypical “idealized, perfect in every way” image and rebuilt her as something much more than just a pretty, plastic face.
Visit the 8th Annual Altered Barbie show at Shotwell 50 ART SPACE, located at 50 Shotwell street, San Francisco before it’s too late! Show ends September 30, 2010.