I have always liked miniatures. The attention to detail & the amount of time that goes into a miniature diorama is amazing. So when I saw photographer and installation artist Carrie M. Becker's 'Barbie Trashed Her Dreamhouse' miniature series I simply could not look away. Usually when people think of miniatures their mind goes to the doll house in the play room NOT scenes from the home of a hoarder. Carrie uses 1/16th scale miniatures some of which are hand made, Carrie says she "tries to represent a more 'current' view of Barbie's lifestyle.". Below, we have 'The Laundry Room'
Carrie says this about the BTHD series "During the summer after completing graduate school I had some down time and decided to use my commercial photography skills to shoot my miniature collection as though it were "real". Also during that time, I also frequently watched shows like "Hoarders" and "How Clean Is Your House?" With that in mind, this past summer I began creating the images that are presented here, though I reflect their inspiration as a mirror and not a judgment. For me, this series is about creating a small, but perfect world where the viewer cannot distinguish between what is reality and what is fiction."
The Dining Room
The Living Room
Here are some photos of Carrie M. Becker's work in progress.
The "Barbie Trashed Her Dreamhouse" installation will presented at the Riney Fine Arts Center Gallery in Wichita, KS in November.
to see more images of BTHD as well as other photographic series & installations, check out Carrie M. Becker's website.