Tatiana Rathke - Reflections: I Want to Play Bad Barbies
24" x 24"
Barbie dolls, spray paint, mirror, & LED strip.
"This assemblage piece was inspired by childhood play, the study of color, the vulnerability in sharing stories of our past, and reflections on familiar nostalgic environments and how they shape our identities. It was created almost entirely out of secondhand objects that I found locally. Barbie dolls were some of my favorite toys and working with them by pulling them apart made me consider how I formed foundational ideas around my own ideal body and beauty standards. I am actively working towards reshaping those thoughts as I work on my own self-acceptance practice." - Tatiana Rathke