Oh, Barbie. Veterinarian, school teacher, flight attendant, Gaga…psychopathic mutilator and killer.
Enter photographer Mariel Clayton who, in a series of images entitled Door #3, explores America’s favorite faux, buxom-blonde bombshell’s darkest side. Wonder where the inspiration comes from? “You can’t get to be Barbie without an ocean’s worth of peroxide, 27 plastic surgeries and a complete lack of intelligence…Behind the vacuous perpetual lipsticked-smile lurks the black heart of the true sociopath, just like in real life.” Hmm, good point. Are you paying attention, Heidi Montag?
Clayton, whose online gallery boasts a broad collection of photography styled using Barbie and Ken dolls, is definitely provocative, even more so than in Door #3. She tackles the most controversial of topics—self-inflicted abortions, suicide, domestic violence—while remaining entertaining, albeit admittedly disturbing. The absolute attention paid to each staged drama is so fine, down to the seemingly most miniscule details, which is where I think my appreciation for every single shot stems from. That, and the fact that Clayton is a self-taught photographer who’s also astoundingly intelligent when it comes to pushing the envelope while maintaining a unique and artistic expression of irony.
Suddenly Barbie doesn’t seem so vapid. Heidi Montag, on the other hand…
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