One of the best things about growing up in Pennsylvania under the watchful eye of my Mother, Dolores, was the care she took with preserving my childhood objects. Extremely frugal, my Mom never bought us more than we needed or deserved. To that end, we actually took care of our toys. Luckily my parents have managed to stay together (51 years and counting) as well as remain in the very house they built when they wed. A few years back I decided it was time to get my toys out of there, so I shipped them to back to myself on the west coast.
Since I was so precious about my playthings, I never so much as lost a Barbie shoe. After living with them for over 2 years in my studio space I finally decided that the best possible thing I could do with them was make them into art. I repackaged them in various series; named, numbered, and signed them. I plan to drop them on the streets of LA where hopefully they will go on to have a second life.
It's time for them to #getlost. I will document the process and discuss some of the personal connections I have to them as I say goodbye. If you live in Los Angeles, follow me on Instagram @barbie5x5 where I'll be leaving clues to where I've dropped them. If you find one, I'd love to know where it ends up!
#getlost is about objects from my personal past that hold meaning and memory. They were the physical means to cultivating my creative self. As much as I love them still, I think its time to share them with the world.