I decided to do my final project based on Marge Piercy's poem "Barbie Doll." Since the poem ended in death I thought cutting out a coffin would be very appropriate! All over the coffin are pictures from the internet and magazine clippings (both words and pictures). I used these pictures and words to represent every line of the poem. For example, there are pictures of a fan belt, cosmetics, a big nose, barbie dolls, celebrities, etc. Also, there are sayings like, "her life is out of control," "Happy Ending?" "Walk in my shoes," etc. On the middle of the coffin I placed a "perfect" barbie doll. She is the All-American blond, beach girl! Around her I used wire to create a spiraling affect. The wire is spiraling down around her. I wanted to show how this young girls life was spinning out of control due to what others say and think is the right way to look. Around the wire are the poems lines. I really enjoyed making my "Barbie Doll" vision come to life!
This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.
She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.
She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up.
In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.