Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse is a 1/6th scale model of a hoarder’s home. It’s furnished with actual generic Barbie™ and Bratz™ toys and tiny, tiny props hand-crafted by artist Carrie M. Becker. Trash mountains, gaping pizza boxes, books, paper, crap, many unnecessary stockpiles… add in a few animals and some missing art, and you’ve got the National Arts Club’s old diggs. Nifty.
What makes this excellent are the personal touches, not just the authenticity and details of the tiny, tiny artifacts. The dusty computer monitor stickered in notes, the classic composition books and corny inspirational poster replicas, Steve Jobs peaking from a Time magazine, the dingy water in the backed-up toilet, the scum on the drawers, the strewn about copies of The Sun.
See at the Riney Fine Arts Center Gallery at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas in September, 2012.