She is an icon! She is a task mannequin for generations of younger ladies! Always handsome, politically appropriate. Yes, that’s Barbie! We have all the time recognized that she has a darkish facet! Mariel Clayton, who was born in South Africa and now stay in Canada, is an artist who reveals us this facet of Barbie. His footage are unimaginable and stuffed with little particulars.
You should look again a number of occasions to see every part. The interview was printed in our HONK! Divas Issue
KALTBLUT: When did you meet her the primary time in your life? And the way to you got here up with the concept to point out her darkside?
Mariel: I don’t bear in mind after I bought my first Barbie! I believe I should have been 6 or 7 years previous. I bear in mind it was the ‘Peaches and Cream’ Barbie doll. I’m intrigued by sociopathy and the entire outer facade/internal workings idea and the way the 2 don’t all the time correspond. Barbie, as the last word stereotypical female icon simply appears to lend herself to an alternate portrayal.
I believe as a result of she has been idolized because the epitome of every part that’s ‘good’ about being feminine, being candy and docile and taciturn and so forth and so forth. She has been sanitised to the purpose the place she has completely no pesonallity by any means, so she simply appeared to be the right mannequin to discover the concept of this hidden evil.
KALTBLUT:Is Barbie a diva for you?
Mariel: I assume so – I consider the phrase ‘Diva’ as having a destructive connotation although, somebody who’s bossy and demanding and spoiled. Someone who treats individuals badly as a result of they consider they’re higher. I believe there could also be part of Barbie that suggests that.
KALTBLUT:Every single image is wonderful! And a lot is happening there, the set, the ornament, each single piece. I quess it wants days to do all this. How lengthy do you’re employed on one image?
Mariel: It’s robust to say! It completely is determined by the complexity of the piece, and whether or not I have to make something for it. For an everyday ‘Homicide Barbie’ shot, it often takes a couple of minimal 5 hours or so, to set every part up. While I’m composing a shot, I continuously cease to look by means of my digicam and ensure every part is lining up the identical manner by means of the lens ( I learnt this the exhausting manner, your perspective if you’re sitting at a desk will not be the identical as a digicam view). If it’s any of the ‘Hystoria’ items – these took quite a bit longer, about 10 – 15 hours or extra.
For these I needed to make a number of the props, costumes and so forth. It’s exhausting to say precisely the size of time, as a result of I’m not likely paying consideration. With most of them I additionally need to cease, go to work ( cursed day job) sleep and so forth….
KALTBLUT:My favorite footage are the one the place Barbie is having intercourse. And additionally there the main points are nice. Where do you get the dildos and so forth from? Is Barbie a intercourse image?
Mariel: I make the little dildos by hand utilizing polymer clay. I don’t see Barbie as a intercourse image in any respect – she seems to be nothing like a ‘normal’ human feminine. That type of physique isn’t even present in nature. She is a illustration of what corporations THINK girls ought to aspire to appear like, however the girls who attempt to make themselves appear like Barbie… are extraordinarily unatractive and ‘fake’ trying.
KALTBLUT:Did you have got any hassle with Mattel the corporate who owns Barbie?
Mariel: So far I haven’t hear something from Mattel… I’d prefer to hold it that manner!!! Mattel tends to sue individuals who don’t ‘play nicely’ with their toys.
KALTBLUT:What will you do sooner or later together with your doll-photography? Is there extra work coming like this?
Mariel: I began out doing this as a passion, and I’ll hold doing it as a passion – so long as I hold getting the concepts I’ll hold making the images!
KALTBLUT:Can you pay your payments out of your pictures work? Or do it’s a must to do one thing else for dwelling?
Mariel: I work full-time as a journey agent – that’s how I pay the payments! I make a bit of cash promoting prints – and with that I often purchase extra dolls or miniatures. I don’t know if this may ever grow to be one thing I may do as a dwelling, it will be nice although – however I’m not holding my breath.
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Interview by Marcel Schlutt – The interview was printed in our HONK! Divas Issue