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E.V. Day

Mummified Barbie Doll, 1999

Barbie Doll, Mixed Media
12 × 3 1/4 × 2 in
30.5 × 8.3 × 5.1 cm
This is a unique work.
$1,700
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location
Los Angeles
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Track 16 Gallery
Los Angeles
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The “Mummified Barbies” acknowledge Barbie as an icon, as idealized and exaggerated as any …

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The “Mummified Barbies” acknowledge Barbie as an icon, as idealized and exaggerated as any mythological depiction of Venus or Aphrodite. By concealing the attributes and accessories that characterize her image, I aim to locate Barbie in a long history of glamorized feminine figures. Wrapping and silencing this …

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Medium
Sculpture
Condition
Condition is excellent.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and dated under resin on back. Also includes certificate.
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Frame
Not included
Series
Mummified Barbie series.
E.V. Day
American, b. 1967
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Working primarily in sculpture and installation, E.V. Day explores sexuality and popular culture through a feminist lens, upending symbols of the feminine ideal. In her series of mummified Barbie dolls, Day presented the iconic female figurines encased in materials such as beeswax and silver, which she described as transforming “a sexual or feminized trope into a statement of power and independence.” During a residency at Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France in 2010, Day produced prints of flowers that were clipped, pressed in a microwave, scanned digitally, and magnified to 18 times their original size. She then manipulated their forms by mirroring half of each image so that the flowers appear perfectly symmetrical. Through this process, Day removed the suggestion of femininity and organic sexuality that flowers are often associated with, instead presenting images that recall religious iconography—mandalas, shivas, and chalices.

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About the work
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Track 16 Gallery
Los Angeles
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The “Mummified Barbies” acknowledge Barbie as an icon, as idealized and exaggerated as any …

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The “Mummified Barbies” acknowledge Barbie as an icon, as idealized and exaggerated as any mythological depiction of Venus or Aphrodite. By concealing the attributes and accessories that characterize her image, I aim to locate Barbie in a long history of glamorized feminine figures. Wrapping and silencing this …

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Medium
Sculpture
Condition
Condition is excellent.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and dated under resin on back. Also includes certificate.
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included
Series
Mummified Barbie series.
E.V. Day
American, b. 1967
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Working primarily in sculpture and installation, E.V. Day explores sexuality and popular culture through a feminist lens, upending symbols of the feminine ideal. In her series of mummified Barbie dolls, Day presented the iconic female figurines encased in materials such as beeswax and silver, which she described as transforming “a sexual or feminized trope into a statement of power and independence.” During a residency at Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France in 2010, Day produced prints of flowers that were clipped, pressed in a microwave, scanned digitally, and magnified to 18 times their original size. She then manipulated their forms by mirroring half of each image so that the flowers appear perfectly symmetrical. Through this process, Day removed the suggestion of femininity and organic sexuality that flowers are often associated with, instead presenting images that recall religious iconography—mandalas, shivas, and chalices.

E.V. Day

Mummified Barbie Doll, 1999

Barbie Doll, Mixed Media
12 × 3 1/4 × 2 in
30.5 × 8.3 × 5.1 cm
This is a unique work.
$1,700
Ships from Los Angeles, CA, US
Shipping: $20 domestic, $50 rest of world
location
Los Angeles
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
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