Birth of Barbie shows a bright red, blonde-haired Barbie emerging from a lump of raw meat, shaped to look like a vulva. Barbie’s white teeth, peroxide hair and baby blue eyes glow against a bloody crimson background, her smile and stare full of Stepford Wife-menace. Chadwick makes an explicit connection between the images of women that contemporary Western society teaches from an early age are acceptable, and the bodily reality of the reproductive process.
Liberties, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall, UK, 2017 Bristle: Hair and Hegemony, Drogheda’s Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland, 2017 Presence, Gimpel Fils, London, 2005
Leonie O'Dwyer, Helen Chadwick: a critical catalogue raisonné, Leeds 2012 (illustrated in colour, no. 158).
Griselda Pollock (ed.), The Sacred and the Feminine: Imagination and Sexual Difference (New Encounters: Arts, Cultures,
Concepts), London 2007 (p. ix).
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