Thursday, January 11, 2007

Margaux Lange








And in the category "coolest things ever done with a Barbie," we have the brilliant and provocative jewelry of Margaux Lange. From her site:
Barbie dolls were extremely significant in fueling my creative life as a child. They were manipulated and controlled to fit infinite situations of my choosing. I immersed myself in on-going narratives (complete with elaborate handmade dwellings) where are my fears, embarrassments, joys and explorations of human interactions and sexuality could be played out like characters on a stage. An invaluable tool for the expansion of my imagination as a child, ironically, Barbie continues to be such for me as an adult.

Whether you love her or hate her, there are few who feel neutral about the plastic princess. I am fascinated with who she is as a cultural icon, her distinguished celebrity status, and the enormous impact she has had on our society. Specifically, I am intrigued with her influence in defining gender roles of women in contemporary American culture.
Among her recent accolades is inclusion in 500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form, part of the Lark Jewelry Book series. (1000 Rings continues to languish, alas, on my Amazon.com wish list.)










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2 comments:

pinkmohair said...

Priceless! You should submit some of these to www.notcot.org

My Marrakech said...

I saw her work earlier this year from another blog and found it absolutely fascinating. Her site is amazing.