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Variety abounds at ROTA staff show

Kaitlyn Donovan, gallery coordinator for ROTA, explained the long process of creating

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.”

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