Kaitlyn Donovan, gallery coordinator for ROTA, explained the long process of creating
Photo by Shaun Kittle.
“I have other things I’ve sculpted using metal,” Donovan said. “I like cameras and I collect them, and I feel like this is kind of an homage to this dying thing. It’s like a gravestone for these old cameras.”
Donovan is also a photographer—she’s responsible for the pictures of the Barbie dolls, a display she calls “Life is Plastic.”
The photos are in brightly colored frames, and provide a voyeuristic look into the life of the plastic human caricatures, never showing her face.
They are innocent and eeriely reminiscent of the things we do every day—Barbie’s feet emerge from a bubble bath in one shot, in another she relaxes on a chair, perhaps after a long day of work.
“The title ‘Life is Plastic,’ actually came from the Barbie doll song,” Donovan said. “There’s a line in it that goes: ‘Life is plastic, isn’t that fantastic?’ I like to leave that up for interpretation. You know, life is kind of plastic when you think about it.”