I always look forward to this annual exhibit at HCA. The panel of judges changes every year and they always select a wide variety of artwork from the member base. Of course with everything in 2020, I was concerned that the show would either be cancelled or so restrictive that a bunch of artists wouldn’t participate, therefore limiting the otherwise diverse gamut of work. I was incredibly happy that all my worries were pointless: Over 170 pieces were submitted, with 51 accepted. The awards presentation was via Zoom (shocking, I know) and the Opening Reception was limited capacity, but still an actual, physical opening.
For this exhibit, I decided to enter Wonder Woman Barbie, and I’m pleased to report that she got in. I have to say, I’m extra proud of this particular photo. I’ve loved Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman since I was a kid, and the feeling has not changed. I knew I wanted to do a photo that was reminiscent of that era of Wonder Woman. The challenge was, while I could find some Barbies that had outfits that were just about right, none of the dolls had the vintage face mold that I use. As luck would have it, at one point I bought a “Cupid’s Kisses Barbie.” Honestly, I wasn’t a fan, BUT the face was spot on and she had dark brown hair. Then add to the mix Maryann Roy: An artist that creates interiors and furniture for Barbie (and other dolls that size). One day she posted that she also does Barbie restoration (including restyling hair) and I was like, PERFECT!! Next thing you know, she had taken my sad Cupid’s Kisses Barbie and turned her into the perfect 70’s ass kicking Wonder Woman.
I feel like it goes without saying that I couldn’t pass up the chance to tie up poor Ken with the Lasso of Truth for this shoot 😉