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Busty Barbie
Artist: Joe DeAngelis
Mixed Media

“Busty Barbie” was an imitation of a Barbie Doll created around the idea of the breast. The packaging was created and designed by the artist to replicate those that Barbie dolls come in when purchased. Pink paint, similar fonts, and vacuum packaging were used to replicate the consumer packaging. The original Barbie came with different selling themes categorized to entertain children. This Barbie’s title was “Busty Barbie” which was written at the top of the package as it would appear in the department store. At the bottom of the box the word California appears as an addition to the theme of this particular Barbie. The doll in this package was an actual Barbie with some additions created by the artist. Attached to the Barbie’s chest were breasts with nipples (this is immediately noticeable, as Barbie dolls have no nipples). The attached breasts were also somewhat larger than those found on a Barbie. Along the right hand side of the packaging were 5 similar breast attachments. These attachments were breasts varying in size, shape and proportion. Theme Barbie’s traditionally come with different toy attachments, such as hats or hair extensions that adjust the doll’s appearance. With “Busty Barbie” it appears that the breasts can be replaced to alter the appearance of the body. With the specific reference to California (where statistically there is a high incidence of breast implant surgeries) and the ability to change Barbie’s appearance, this piece acts as a comment on our society’s urge to change and reshape the breast.
Description by Ilene Sova

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