Emily Anne McGillicuddy Keifer

Vintage Barbie Portrait Series

Here’s Barbie, a LA girl like me. Like LA, she’s built an authentic brand out of being “shallow.” But being shallow gets a bad rap. I’m an artist, and its my life's work to present ideas in an accessible, visual medium. I know appearance is important. Surface creates meaning.

That said, many people see themselves in Barbie- after all, being a mirror is her ultimate career. Designed as a beautiful but blank slate, Barbie's first job was simply to make young girls aspire for a life larger than 1950s era domestic bliss. With no shortage in the way of outfits, accessories, or careers, I think Barbie succeeded in that mission. She may be called "shallow," but you fill her with meaning, and that authenticity is why I choose her as a subject.

Before We Go Out, What's Your Address?

Before We Go Out, What's Your Address?


Named for the iconic Lana Del Rey lyric, this portrait puts a comedic spin on Barbie’s brand of shallow femininity. Dressed in her evening best, her judgmental pout taints her doll face with trances of an unfulfilled desire. She’s a doll that has everything- but still wants more.

18 x 24 inches, oil paint on canvas

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