::WE GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING::
One of the most disappointing Christmas presents I ever got was from a distant aunt; she didn't know me very well, so she got me what she assumed every 8-year-old girl would want: a Barbie. While the prospect of having tons of clothes I could coordinate and accessorize with was vaguely appealing, the only thing I ended up doing with the doll was styling her hair, which, along with the manes and tails of My Little Ponies years before, I would braid while in the bathtub, let dry, and then unfurl into uniformly-wavy locks.
Margaux Lange's Plastic Body Series
is jewelry made of deconstructed Barbie dolls. Bits of arms, legs, torsos, and faces are pieced together in odd, chimeral, flesh-colored pieces.
There are brooches
, and rings
I particularly like the Barbie shoes arranged into a star-like pendant and ring. So, Aunt Margaret, if you're listening, getting those would be okay.
(Don't get me started, though, about a middle-school classmate I had -- also named Summer -- who was rumored to have masturbated
with Barbie-doll parts. The depravity!)