Roy Lichtensten and Andy Warhol are two main artists, who inspired me for my poster. I wanted the visual language for the imagery to get a form of comics, which would have thought-bubbles which would make the poster to be clear . Quotes in the thought bubbles won’t match with reality and I want people who will be looking a the poster to make their own conclusions. I want to make collages, which will be made of photographs and imagery of Barbie.
Above , are a few examples of comic Pop Art prints, which I think would match to my range of interests for the poster. What I like about them and generally about Pop Art comics, is that the authors highlight (usually with thick mark) elements which are connected with the quotes in thought bubbles.
My idea and visual language
In my poster , I want show how promoting ‘perfect thin female models’ in contemporary culture , in particular doll icon -Barbie, affect fetish for striving for perfect body. Through two collages ( which are partly inspired by Pop Art comics and the style of Barbara’s Kruger feminist posters (( black&white imagery and layered on the top highlighted with intensive colour sentences )) , I want to show what results it might lead to. I want to focus on theme of anorexia in particular.
My first idea was to keep the imagery just in black &white with emphasis on a few key details and sentences ( in the thought bubbles), which will be highlighted with intensive pink colour which is characteristic for Barbie. Making contract in colours , will make the poster to be more minimalist and clear. The text will be also black&white, but I will emphasise the key words.
I have a few ideas for the title. One of them is ‘ The Barbie effect’ . The second idea is ‘How much the perfection weight’. I think the second one will be more powerful but I hope to have some more ideas for the title so hen maybe I can combine a few .
Last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking what I can make the poster about. I’ve never been interested and involved in feminist topics , until on one of the seminars, we started to talk about objectification of women and topics related to that. I found it very interesting and I started to follow some blogs and websites related to these topics. One of the blogs, which turned out to be helpful is inequalitybyinteriordesign.wordpress.com/ . I have also started to search for examples of inequality of woman and objectification of females in visual culture, like music video clips, commercials and art. I found big range of examples and I wanted to qualify it so that I would find one theme which is the most quaint for me , and develop it. I decided, that the number 1 will be ‘obsession of perfect body in contemporary culture ‘ . I chosen to elaborate this theme, as I feel that it’s common problem among females , and that it’s close to me in some way. I believe that everything ( or maybe almost ) has it’s own reason. I began to search for explanation of the obsessive seeking for achieving ‘perfect weight ‘ and ‘perfect appearance’ . I think, that childhood and experience during that period has an impact on women’s self-opinion and how we perceive our outward appearance -whether we accept it as it is and feel happy or we don’t accept ourselves and constantly feel that ‘ I won’t be happy and feel comfortable in my body, unless I loose some weight. It is some kind of vicious circle, where we ( women) are like prisoners .
When I was thinking lately about my childhood, I reminded myself about toys which I used to play. I remember I used to have big collection of Barbie dolls , which were my favourite. Long, slim legs, sleek body with tiny waist and beautiful blond hair covering spotless smiling face. These few features, were my first associations with Barbie. Now, when I look at it from the perspective of time, I can make connection with feeling disappointed sometimes with my appearance and constant desire to improve some imperfections.
I think it’s not only Barbie icon,that has impact on the `culture of obsessive loosing weight’ . Most of high street clothes adverts for brands like River Island, Top-Shop or H&M also choose thin models to promote their clothes. Similar situation is with mannequins in shop displays- it’s hard to find in the crowd of people such thin and unduly shaped women. In a nutshell, in fashion world, thin models are reigning.