Saturday, January 28, 2012

Week 7, Part I

Mariel Clayton is an extremely strange “doll photographer” with a subversive sense of humor. The usually glamorous Barbie dolls are set in elaborately dark environments. Whether in a murder, suicide, violently sexual or just creepy scene, the dolls definitely give me the willies. The irony of the flawless dolls with extreme imperfections is as humorous as it is unnerving. In a way, I’m reminded of the film American Psycho, and how one can go through life, smiling and seemingly perfect, only to be a f*cked up murderer. Regardless, I appreciate Clayton’s attention to details in his work. You can tell he spends a lot of time carefully laying out a scene. 

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