I look at these two assemblages with dolls (they are not barbies but much smaller) and I might agree, on some level. But it sure is amazing to feel free to do them anyway! I feel so free, doing my fantasies, trying out so many different styles. When I’m in my comfort zone (at home by my desk), I like to peek out and try the crazy art life! Whoohaa!
Edit (text written January 2008):
The image depicts Hanna Andersson’s assemblage “Adolescent II”. Hanna is drawn to all kinds of dolls. Most dolls have no special expression in their face and they can be interpreted as we please. A doll is blank as a canvas and the similarity to small children is striking. When they mature both will be filled with color, emotions and feelings. The child who is playing with her doll, the artist who is altering a doll (and hanging it on the wall) but also the external viewer – all have power to change the canvas/child.
Just as all small children a doll needs a guiding hand and love to become what they are meant to be!
Hanna likes to play with dolls as a grown up, feminist and as an artist. They remind her of her childhood games but also of her womanhood and constant struggle to be what a woman/person is expected to be and look like.