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With the lens of a camera the artist examines the contours of a child’s dolls scrupulously.  Pretty, perfect, and plastic, smooth, shiny and seductive – these dolls bear resemblance to cosmetic surgery in popular culture today.  Aspirations of fame sought by sexual allure seeps through their pores.  Their airbrushed appearance homogenizes the female form - reflecting images found in advertising and women’s glossy magazines.  The artist’s own memories of Vancouver’s demonised Downtown Eastside sex workers permeates into the images and leaves the question; do these toys truly reflect the aspirations that we have for our future generation of women?


About the Author

Anna Naylor
houseonhill Essex, UNITED KINGDOM
Anna's artworks are informed by 8 years of travelling that most memorably led her to working in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada. Her painterly collages produced shortly after this period reflect on her time spent working in this demonised community - entrenched with substance misuse, poverty and prostitution. On returning to England Anna found that popular culture had moved on rapidly with terms such as WAGs and the obsession with celebrity culture requiring explanation. There began a new theme to explore - an over stylised, hyper-sexualised society that appeared to promote raunchiness to it's young. Anna began exploring children's toys with the lens of her camera. Through re-presenting these familiar objects she hoped to spark enquiry into what she found to cause uncomfortableness at the very least. During this time Anna achieved a First Degree in Fine Art from the University of East London. Anna now works as a freelance artist specialising in Action Art Mono-printing.

Comments (5)


jacquemo says

great stuff, Anna! i really like these images

posted at 10:14am Jul 25 PST


brotherjohn says

Its thought provoking Anna - well done! I can certainly remember being very uncomfortable when my little girl received Brats Dolls as gifts and I remember being a relatively lone voice on the subject too!
Really a snap shot of a much bigger and uglier picture ay.
I suppose we could offer a counter argument in that Barbie and Ken at least pay attention to their diet / lifestyle. Another area in which the future generations are too often sadly and lovingly abused.

posted at 02:58am Jun 12 PST


annharvey says

These have an air of authentic and unsettling response to personal history - these are compelling without resorting blatant aesthetic devices -

ie; love 'em!

How the hell are you?? are you just finishing your second year?
I'm in a performance piece next Thurs. at TAP- it's a wonderfully playful piece ( sadly, not devised by myself ) -
come if you can - i think you might enjoy it - if not, see you at Art Trail Ann x

posted at 04:25am May 30 PST


Heidiwigmore says

mmm really like what you've done here - revealed them for what they are - terrifyingly seductive porno bodies - flaunting their availability and blatant objectification for easy some of these for 'Cliffhanger' show yes? The tense, teasing ones...

posted at 04:49pm May 29 PST


gemjammer says

Love it Anna, how you made such a subject look classy is beyond me but you did. Fantastic job, I'll get Ade to order me one :)

posted at 01:30pm May 28 PST


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