ITEM OF THE DAY

ITEM OF THE DAY

From greyarea.com, Work by E.V. Day

These mummified Barbies by installation artist and sculptor E.V. Day  take me back to my childhood, when I used to tear Barbies’ heads off and burn their hair.  Mummified with beeswax, twine and silver chrome flake, these babies run for $3,500 each at Grey Area.  Definitely not in anyone’s price range if you’re thinking about the economy right now, but because they made me squeal in delight upon seeing them, I am forever in love with the the feminist art of E.V. Day.

From greyarea.com, Work by E.V. Day

Her mummified Barbies represent how American female culture is so obsessed with “preserving (their) beauty”, by either using plastic surgery or botox (Greyarea.com).  And, ironically, as Day preserves these Barbies’ stereotypically perfect bodies, she playfully destroys their iconic images.

From greyarea.com, Work by E.V. Day

"Mummified Barbies" by E.V. Day

Other work by E.V. Day that I am totally in love with includes her “Exploding Couture” series in which she recreated  Marilyn Monroe’s dress from The Seven Year Itch to scale and ripped it to shreds, hanging it from the ceiling and floor.

"Bombshell" by E.V. Day

Her “Bride Fight” series is incredibly fierce and beautiful as well…

"Bride Fight" by E.V. Day

One day, when I can afford to exhibit such amazing art in my home (which might be never, but a girl can dream), I will choose E.V. Day as my first artist in residence.  And, if I could ever mummify Barbies with her, that would be cool too.

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