Mariel Cleyton, is a photographer who doesn't seems to play nice when it comes to Barbie dolls. In her photo series called ‘Play Dead’, Clayton shows us Barbie ‘committing suicide’ by cutting her wrist, suffocation, stabbing and shooting herself in the head. Guess Barbie’s life isn’t that perfect after all…
I can't explain how my mind works, or why these ideas come to it.
It started out with a camera and a major interest in travel photography, but a sublime encounter in a Tokyo toy shop led me into the surreal world of Japanese miniatures, and ultimately to the stories that could be told with them. Since I started working with dolls, I have grown more and more to appreciate what can be done with them, how the smallest gesture or placement seems to convey volumes. Also, I happen to think it's a damn funny medium.
I'm entirely self-taught in photography.
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