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