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.

Barbie Eggs

Barbie Spider

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.

If you are interested in learning more about toy modification, take a class at 1:AM Gallery with the one and only Lily Black!  Sign up today!